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In the shadow of a scale replica of the Eiffel Tower, millions of Walt Disney World guests have sampled the beauty and charm of France and its people at Epcot in Florida.

France is one of 11 nations included in World Showcase at Epcot, an international showplace and theme park of discovery.

Guests can enjoy French sidewalk entertainment, sample world-class cuisine and shop in many boutiques.

Strolling along the France promenade, across a bridge which traverses a small version of the Seine River, guests see the Eiffel Tower in the distance above the rooftops of the typical Parisian buildings of La Belle Epoque.

Three of France's most famous chefs, Paul Bocuse, Roger Vergé and Gaston Lenôtre, preside over Chefs de France, an elegant bistro-restaurant, and the Bistro de Paris and pastry shop.

At the end of the street, the Palais du Cinéma presents "Impressions de France," a motion picture filled with the beauty of the nation from Brittany to the Alps. Spectacular views include Versailles, the towers of Mont-St.-Michel, fabled chateaus clinging to rugged cliffs and the ski slopes of an Alpine mountainside. The film is shown on five screens which provide a 200-degree panorama.

Accompanying the filmed journey is the music of great French symphonic composers. Each scene is like a moving landscape painted by Monet, Utrillo or Degas.

Guests exiting the theater pass through a replica of the historic Parisian marketplace, Les Halles. Its colorful stands offer authentic products of France. La Signature, sponsored by Guerlain, is often the only retail location in the United States selling new and exclusive fragrances of France.

Young men and women from France and the other World Showcase nations take part in a special World Showcase fellowship ambassador program, journeying to Walt Disney World Resort for a year of work and study. Several students of business, tourism and entertainment from France work in their pavilion while studying nations of the world.

Other nations presented around the World Showcase include Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, China, Japan and The American Adventure.

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