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The city of Le Havre, on the English Channel in Normandy, was severely bombed during the Second World War. The destroyed area was rebuilt according to the plan of a team headed by Auguste Perret, from 1945 to 1964. The site forms the administrative, commercial and cultural centre of Le Havre. Le Havre is exceptional among many reconstructed cities for its unity and integrity. It combines a reflection of the earlier pattern of the town and its extant historic structures with the new ideas of town planning and construction technology. It is an outstanding post-war example of urban planning and architecture based on the unity of methodology and the use of prefabrication, the systematic utilization of a modular grid, and the innovative exploitation of the potential of concrete.
As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.
We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in France. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to France.
Tipping: Neither required nor expected. Should you decide to tip, it is customary to round up to the next Euro.
Corruption: France has a corruption score of 28 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through France, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, France is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
France is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.89 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Le Havre is 18.
Age of Consent: 15 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in France since 2013.
France scores a 8/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Timezone: UTC-10:00 to UTC+12:00
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / E
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 11.81 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to France.