This page will feature a variety of products, services, entertainment and resources of interest to francophiles. In many cases, these offers are totally free; others may require a shipping & handling charge or other commitment. You may be required to register, and to provide personal information, in order to qualify for certain offers. A number of links will take you to web sites not affiliated with DiscoverFrance.net. We assume no liability for the privacy practices of other sites; please read carefully any conditions or terms associated with offers.
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|Tour Guides & Brochures
More than a dozen PDF booklets may be downloaded from the Alsace Tourism Bureau's site, covering a multitude of destinations, restaurants, hotels, campgrounds, fun family activities, and practical information. Individuals from any country can also request a few printed titles in English, French, German, or Italian.
The French Government Tourist Office publishes a new edition annually of this colorful and informative magazine (96 pages). Available in English or Spanish version. Request your own free copy, or information on any region of France, using this form.
FranceGuide for the Jewish Traveler
The new and re-designed multi-color publication is a comprehensive guide covering the history of the Jewish community in France (24 pages). Request your own free copy, using this form.
Gay Friendly France
France is the gay-friendly destination par excellence. You'll find adventure, romance and playfulness – combined with that indescribable French flair – on almost every corner. Order your free copy of the 22-page booklet, using this form.
Good Value Guide
Order your free copy, using this form.
Welcome to the Vineyards of France
Order your free copy, using this form.
Maps of French Cities
ViaMichelin provides a convenient method for generating maps of any region in France, and permits one to zoom in to street-level detail. A similar service is offered by Mappy.fr.
If you know which Métro stop you'll be heading to, RATP provides hundreds of detailed neighborhood maps in color, showing every conceivable street, landmark, public park and body of water. Maps are interactive: clicking on a bus or Métro icon reveals its line number and other practical information.
The RATP offers a series of wonderfully detailed colored maps which you can print out, showing all the public transportation routes in Paris, including daytime bus routes, nighttime bus service (Noctambus), the Paris Métro, RER, and RATP-SNCF. In addition, they offer maps detailing which services, routes, and stations are handicapped-accessible (PBS – Personnes à Besoins Spécifiques). All maps are in PDF format and require Acrobat Reader, free from Adobe.
Independent film-makers offer free online screenings of entertaining and cutting-edge short features in all genres: animation, comedy, drama, extreme, thriller, and more. (In the header's search box, enter your choice of topic such as "France", "Paris", etc.) Requires Shockwave plug-in and either RealPlayer or Windows Media Player.
Musique Française Pour le Monde – More Than 100 Radio Stations Live From France
Want to know what's pop in Paris, what's nice in Nice, or if you can hear Cher in Cherbourg? Head to tv-radio.com, where you'll find streaming feeds of music, news, and information from 100 different French radio stations.
The programming is extensive and varied. Browse music by station under "Web Radios" or "Tout Radio France"; or to hear local radio shows, use the map of France at "Toutes les Radios." Click on "Tous les Dom-Tom" to hear French-based radio from Guadeloupe, Guayana, Martinique, New Caledonia, and other exotic locales. And "Programmes Musiceaux" focuses on French groups, soul music, pop music, great singers, and classical favorites.
French Music Downloads
MP3.com offers hundreds of house, trance, pop and other music downloads from France. No registration required.
|Games & Interactive Media
If online (and downloadable) adventure games, puzzles and brain teasers are your thing, try this excellent French site, featuring QuickTime VR masterpieces such as Locus (from the creative minds of Francis Gorgé and Abdul Alafrez), or travel virtually to Guadeloupe to find hidden treasure. Most files require QuickTime 4.1.2 or higher, and a minimum 5.x version of the Explorer browser.
A resident of the charming seaport of Honfleur in Normandy, Bertrand Brelivet has created a wonderful site (in French & English) where one can view hundreds of scenic and vintage French postcards, with the option for sending many of them – along with a customized message – to your friends and colleagues via e-mail.
|Wallpapers & Screensavers
Scenes of Paris
FromParis offers a stunningly beautiful collection of scenic vistas which you can use for desktop wallpaper – in six resolutions ranging from 800x600 to 3000x2000 pixels (jpg format) – plus five screensaver packs for both Mac and Windows platforms.
Adobe is doing its share to support its customers in the new, global economy by offering three free, downloadable font families for the Euro symbol (in sans-serif, monospace, & serif styles), which are particularly useful for desktop publishing. Each PostScript® Type 1 font comes with regular, bold, italic, and bold italic variations.
Photos of the World
Patrick Verdier offers a generous collection of royalty-free photos to use as custom wall-paper on your computer desktop, for a travel scrapbook, homework assignment, web page, and any other personal or professional use.
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Free Products or Services
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