French rivers

The main rivers in France

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River map of France
  • The longest river in France is the Loire, which flows from the south to the north and then east into the Atlantic ocean.
  • The river Seine has its source in Burgundy and then flows through Paris to the English Chanel.
  • The Rhone begins in the eastern mountain region of the Alps then flows south to the Mediterranean Sea.
  • The Rhine defines a natural border between France and Germany.

There are thousands of kilometres of navigable water-ways and canals, used both for pleasure and commercial traffic. You can rent self-drive boats and explore the canals or rivers with one way or return cruises. There is a toll fee which must be paid, the fee depends on the kind of vessel and duration of the cruise.

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