France is located to the south of the United Kingdom, to the southwest of Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany, to the west of Switzerland and Italy, to the north of Spain, and to the northeast of Portugal. France is one of Europe’s westernmost countries.
Paris is located at 48.8 degrees north and 2.3 degrees east, relative to the equator and prime meridian. France is surrounded by sea on all sides. The Bay of Biscay, which is part of the Atlantic Ocean, meets the west coast of France. The Mediterranean Sea is located on the southeast coast of France, and the region is commonly known as the French Riviera. The French and British coasts converge at the English Channel, which separates the two countries.