While we know France for Paris, the Eiffel Tower, surfing in Lacanau, the beautiful beaches of the south and the Cannes film festival, it is large enough that it still has large rural and forested areas, housing all sorts of wildlife.
If you are already in the south and exploring Marseille, take a look at the flamingos, horses, boars, bulls and beavers in the Camargue.
Otherwise, why not head straight to the Pyrenees? Because it is almost uninhabitable for humans, wild animals have made it their territory - including animals you may know such as bears, deer, birds and foxes and otters, but also the chamois, a goat-antelope native to the European mountains.
In the mountains in Eastern France you can go on the lookout for the ibex, a wild goat also known as steinbock, wolves and the Eurasian lynx which is still found in the Alps and Vosges.
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