French / Belgian Geography, Culture and History

France.fr: The primary government site

Government overview of France: Comprehensive but general overview of France from a broad variety of perspectives.

National Geographic – France: The National Geographic website overview of France. Requires a registration.

The French Wine Site: Part of France.fr but likely popular enough to warrant its own tag.

French Ministry of Culture: French government ministry

Discover France: An overview site that has some general information on a broad variety of subjects.

Visit Flanders: A regional tourist site

Rick Steves Europe: The public broadcast series has its own website and significant French content.

Paris:  The Paris tourist office’s official Paris website.

Bonjour Paris: A Paris oriented newsletter that incorporates a multitude of themes and opportunities including a suggested reading list.  This suggestion was put forward by Allen Antone

Paris City Vision: As the name suggests a tourist/travel company website geared towards providing tours of Paris and its environs.

CondeNast Traveler – Paris: Great overview site created by one of the best travel oriented publications.

Paris Walks

Suggested by member Kristy Cormier, this is a FB page that

The history of French automobile manufacturing: As suggested

French Cheese:  A comprehensive treatment of the variety of French cheese

French Culture: Part of The French government site that considers French culture.

Belgian Beer:

24 hours of Le Mans: Website that details the historic 24 hour automobile race.

French Open Tennis at Roland Garros: The rescheduled tennis tournament official website

Le Tour de France: The world’s greatest cycle race.

A youtube video that details Lance Armstrong’s relationship with the Tour de France: Predates his doping fall from grace and worth watching for the commentary of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen.

Petanque in France: The official website of The French Petanque Association.

Petanque in the United States: The website of the Pétanque Association in The USA.

Petanque America: US based supplier of boules and accessories

Asterix: The comic book covering the adventures of Asterix the Gaul. Particulary poignant as the principal illustrator and one of the writing team, Albert Uderzo just passed away in March. Suggested by Kathleen Shinners.

Provence Winezine: A regional wine web publication that looks to provide comprehensive information about wine from Provence. It includes tastings, opinion, releases. etc etc. Includes a free subscription.  (Submitted by Mary Carwhile).

On this day in French history  Did you know that on January 26th in 1340 English king, Edward III, was proclaimed King of France?

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