possesses a wide variety of landscapes, from coastal plains in the north and west to mountain ranges in the south-east (the Alps
) and the south-west (the Pyrenees).
There are several other elevated regions such as the Massif Central
, the Jura, the Vosges, and the Ardennes which are quite rocky and forested. France also has extensive river systems such as the Loire
, the Rhône
, the Garonne and the Seine.
is the capital city. Other major cities are Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Toulouse and Strasbourg.