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France Transportation

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Railways: total:  31,939 km (31,939 km are operated by French National Railways (SNCF); 14,176 km of SNCF routes are electrified and 12,132 km are double- or multiple-tracked)

standard gauge:  31,840 km 1.435-m gauge

narrow gauge:  99 km 1.000-m gauge (1998)
Highways: total:  892,900 km

paved:  892,900 km (including 9,900 km of expressways)

unpaved:  0 km (1999)
Waterways: 14,932 km (6,969 km heavily traveled)
Pipelines: crude oil 3,059 km; petroleum products 4,487 km; natural gas 24,746 km
Ports and harbors: Bordeaux, Boulogne, Cherbourg, Dijon, Dunkerque, La Pallice, Le Havre, Lyon, Marseille, Mullhouse, Nantes, Paris, Rouen, Saint Nazaire, Saint Malo, Strasbourg
Merchant marine: total:  46 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 942,333 GRT/1,304,754 DWT

ships by type:  bulk 3, cargo 4, chemical tanker 6, combination bulk 1, container 1, liquefied gas 3, multi-functional large-load carrier 1, passenger 3, petroleum tanker 17, roll on/roll off 4, short-sea passenger 3

note:  includes some foreign-owned ships registered here as a flag of convenience: Germany 1 (2000 est.)
Airports: 475 (2000 est.)
Airports - with paved runways: total:  268

over 3,047 m:  14

2,438 to 3,047 m:  30

1,524 to 2,437 m:  94

914 to 1,523 m:  72

under 914 m:  58 (2000 est.)
Airports - with unpaved runways: total:  207

1,524 to 2,437 m:  4

914 to 1,523 m:  73

under 914 m:  130 (2000 est.)
Heliports: 3 (2000 est.)


Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook

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