Make sense of... France's national parks

Cartoon of two hikers on a hill with maps - and ducks

FRANCE has 10 national parks – and there are plans for two more, with one in Champagne and Burgundy opening in 2019.

As in Britain, they are all in inhabited areas (this is in contrast to, for example, the US, where national parks are often in wilderness areas).

The parks have a special status meaning they are granted extra protection for their outstanding natural environment. One of the effects is that hunting, picking (berries and mushrooms etc) and fishing are strictly limited and building and traffic are very much restricted.

The scientific interest of the area’s habitats, fauna and flora is emphasised more than developing tourism. However, enjoying the parks respectfully, with activities such as hiking – and in some parks, mountain biking and horse riding – are ...

To read the remaining 85% of this article, you need to either

Subscribe now to The Connexion and benefit from access to our archived articles since 2006

Print + Digital 3 month subscription

Pay every three months. Our most flexible subscription.

Automatic renewal, cancel anytime

Print + Digital 1 year subscription

1 year of great reading in print and online

Automatic renewal, cancel anytime

Digital 1 year subscription (Our best value offer)

1 year of great reading online *no paper*

Automatic renewal, cancel anytime

Digital 3 month subscription

3 months of great reading online *no paper*

Automatic renewal, cancel anytime

More articles from Environment
More articles from Connexion France
Other articles that may interest you