Animals living in France as native species include red deer, ibexes, genets, muskrats, otters, rabbits, Alpine marmots, lynxes, beavers, polecats, badgers, wild Camargue horses, ragondins and foxes. Protected species include pine martens, hen harriers, red squirrels, chamois, wild boar and peregrine falcons. France has many areas that are still wild, with natural habitats for its animals.Know More
France's wide range of natural habitats allows it to support an equally wide variety of animals. The ibex is native to the Alpine regions of France; it is recognizable by its long horns that curve backward behind its head. Genets were introduced to France from Africa in the sixth century and were originally trained to catch rodents, as ferrets are in modern times. Muskrats came to France from South America as a part of the fur farming movement. In addition, wild hamsters live in the Rhine Valley.
Although brown bears and wolves were becoming threatened in France, brown bears have been reintroduced in the Pyrenees Mountains and wolves in the Alps, particularly in Mercantour National Park. Beavers have also been reintroduced to the Rhône Valley after nearly becoming extinct in France. Red squirrels are protected throughout Europe and are more common in France than in some other countries. The chamois, a mountain goat living in the Alps, is considered one of the emblematic animals of the Alps.Learn more about France
Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in France. The peak straddles the French-Italian border in the Alps mountain range and has an elevation of 15,771 feet.Full Answer >
The main natural resources of France are iron ore, salt, sulfur, bauxite, zinc, uranium, antimony, arsenic, potash, feldspar, fluorspar and gypsum. The country also has substantial amounts of renewable energy and is known for its extensive timber and fishing industries.Full Answer >
France is a country covered largely in plains and accented by occasional rolling hills and expansive mountains along its borders. The second-largest country in Europe, France is mountainous in its northern coast as well as along the English Channel. In eastern and southern France, the country borders the Alps, where the country's highest peak, Mont Blanc, summits at 15,770 feet.Full Answer >
The French National Statistics Office reports that there are 123 cities in France with a population larger than 50,000, as of 2010. However, depending on one's definition of city and the year in question, the number of French cities can vary.Full Answer >