France is a land of contrasts. Most of France has broad plains, low hills, and wide valleys and basins. These regions have rich soils for growing crops. The Massif Central in southern France has mountains and rugged, raised “tables” of rock called plateaus.
France’s Massif Central region covers thousands of square miles.
The France Land Photo Gallery
A climber admires the sunrise in the French Alps.
France has two large mountain ranges called the Pyrenees and the Alps. The rocky Pyrenees form a natural wall between France and Spain. The scenic, snowcapped Alps run through France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy.