France is a western European country which encompasses medieval and port cities and peaceful villages, mountains and the pristine beaches of the Mediterranean. The capital of France is Paris, a home to the great Eiffel Tower. Paris is popular worldwide for its couture fashion houses, classical art museums and world class monuments. Nice is city of several art galleries and an old port. It has beaches and flower markets. The area around is breathtaking. Strasbourg has its magnificent gothic cathedral, narrow streets, halftimbered houses and canals. This city is accessible by TGV from Paris and easily accessible from Germany and Benelux countries too. Lille zoo is a popular place for locals and tourists alike. Toulon is a naval port city with industrial heritage.