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Visitors can enter France by crossing a footbridge, inspired by the Pont des Arts, over a canal that comes off of the World Showcase lagoon. This helps create the feeling that visitors are crowing the Seine River. To add to the ambience, artists work on sketches along the Seine and the pavilion depicts street scenes like those one would witness when visiting this intriguing country.


This showcase depicts France during a period known as La Bell Epoque, which occurred from 1870-1910. One of the most popular features of the France exhibit is the smaller version of the Eiffel Tower, which is found in Paris. Shops with mansard roofs made of slate and copper, chimneystacks, and casement windows bring the charm of France to life. Delicious smells from the baker also fill the air as visitors walk by, or stop into, romantic sidewalk cafes and quaint shops.


The passageway between two shops, Plume at Palette and La Signature is created to look like the entrance to the Metro, which is the subway system of Paris. The passageway also leads visitors to a small park that is modeled after "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jutte," which is a painting by Georges Seurat.


At Plume at Palette, visitors can purchase crystal pieces, fine oil paintings and prints, and collectible miniatures. At La Signature, bath products and French fragrances may be purchased. Designer fragrances can also be purchased at Plume Et Palette. For cookies, chocolate and souvenirs, visitors can shop at the Gallerie des Halles. Clothing for both women and men can be purchased at La mode Francaise, and wine sampling is provided at La Maison du Vin. At La Casserole, visitors can purchase tabletops, dinnerware, and decorative items.


A film entitled "Impressions de France" is shown in the Palais du Cinema. This is not a 360 degree Circle-Vision theater like what is found at some other countries, but it still manages to depict the beauty of France, including its vineyards, glaciers, French Alps, and Mediterranean coastline. This 200-degree view theater utilizes 5 large screens and does provide seats to its guests.


Other sites to behold in the 18-minute film include famous landmarks, native costumes, and scenes from Bastille Day celebrations. In addition, areas such as Loire Valley, Normandy, Cannes, Cognac, and Paris are explored. French composers provided the soundtrack, which was recorded in London by the National Philharmonic, that goes along with this splendid presentation. The theater is wheelchair accessible and assistive listening devices are available at Guest Services for the hearing impaired. Deaf visitors can request reflective captioning from a Cast Member at the entrance.
The pavilion courtyard is set for Bubble Nicolas, who is a mime. The "Living Statues" found here are also quite entertaining. The park guide maps will provide appearance times.


For hungry visitors, Chefs de France provides exquisite cuisine provided by three premier chefs, Gaston Lenotre, Paul Bocuse, and Roger Verge, from France. Guests can treat themselves to pot au feu, French onion soup, grilled salmon, escargot, Duck a l'Orange, coquilles Saint-Jacques, Mediterranean seafood casserole, and more beef, lamb, and chicken dishes while dining in an elegant dining room.


At Bistro de Paris, which is located on the second floor of Chefs de France, offers lobster fricassee, pan-seared foie gras, roasted quail, and truffles.Tasty treats, such as croissants, cookies, mousse, éclairs, quiche, palmier, tarts, soufflé, French roast coffee and sandwiches, can all be enjoyed at Boulangerie Patisserie. Here, guests can choose to eat indoors or out.
To say hello to a guest member, say bonjour (bohn-ZHOOR). Hidden Mickeys can be found at the grates near the base of the trees.