Meet the Top French Cities

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Top French Cities
Press release

Top French Cities—Urban tourism at its best

Inviting travelers to explore this group of 29 cities is one of France’s ways to share the rich and varied history, heritage, cultural happenings, gastronomy and all aspects of French joie de vivre that they offer each in their own ways.

What is the common thread that ties these major cities ranging from; the meridional Marseille, the Burgundy city of Dijon, the Alsatien commune of Mulhouse, Flemish Lille, the Breton town of Rennes, the Rhones Alpes region of Clermont-Ferrand or the capital of Occitane, Toulouse? It is idea of France as a whole, the result of millennia of history that has permeated the buildings, traditions, inhabitants. These are all characteristics that make a French city incomparable to any other European destination.

Alongside of brands including Paris, Provence, the Côte d'Azur, Champagne or Normandy, these destinations are also hubs representing modernity, creativity, elegance and the zeitgeist of French culture.

Meet the Top French Cities:

TOP FRENCH CITIES Aix-en-Provence Amiens
Angers Annecy Avignon
Bordeaux Clermont-Ferrand Dijon
Grenoble La Rochelle Le Havre
Lille Marseille Metz
Montpellier Mulhouse Nancy
Nantes Nice Nîmes
Orleans Poitiers Reims
Rennes Saint-Etienne Strasbourg
Toulouse Tours Versailles

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About Top French Cities –

Top French Cities is an association of 29 cities, from regional capitals like Bordeaux to important towns like Avignon and Versailles. They are perfect for young travelers, families and anyone else looking for fun and authentic French experiences that will fit their budget. Most of these cities are university towns with a youthful atmosphere, but all of them reflect the heritage and distinctive flavors of the regions to which they belong. Many are forward-looking too, with historic buildings repurposed to house contemporary art and activity centers like Les Docks in Marseille. Many have created or integrated new, modern museums to contrast with their classical, architectural heritage, like in Nimes, where the cutting-edge Museum of Roman Civilization (Musée de la Romanité) is located across from the historic Roman amphitheater, or in Nantes, where whimsical mechanical creatures are being created, or in the UNESCO World Heritage Site concrete city of Le Havre.


Marion Fourestier
Atout France-The France Tourism Development Agency