There's more to this Euro country than just good wine and cheese. If you're into any type of climbing (bouldering, sport, trad, alpine, ice), there are many world-class routes/problems to be had.
What's listed on Mountainproject is pretty dismal compared to what is available to be climbed, you could spent days trying to figure out what to climb when preparing a trip.
Areas have been split up as:
Most of the alpine playground from Geneva down to Grenoble.
Southeast of France
Mediterranean coast between the Pyrenees (Spain) to the Alps (Italy).
Southwest portion of France bordering with Spain.
From the US: Save up your $ and ride in one of those fancy aeroplanes. Ask the pilot nicely to drop you off in Paris. Unless of course, you'd rather spend weeks at sea developing scurvy. I suggest the former.
There's more than one way to travel, depending on which carrier, you can plan to land at different airports:
Charles de Gaule CDG & Orly ORY - Paris, center of the country, Fontainebleau
Nice NCE - Southeast, southern Alps, Gorge du Verdon
Marseille MRS - South, Provence, Calanques de Marseille
Toulouse Blagnac TLS - Southwest, Pyrenees, Occitanie
Geneve GNV - Alps! Chamonix Valley & Aiguilles Rouges
Don't automatically grab a car at your arriving airport, often it's cheaper to commute using a cheap city hopper flight or train ride, once at destination, a car often becomes helpful but not mandatory since the public transit system is very widespread.
Weather station 2.5 miles from here
355 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',78],['3 Stars',129],['2 Stars',111],['1 Star',19],['Bomb',2]
Classic Climbing Routes in France
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By Ben Bruestle
From: Pueblo, CO
Dec 31, 2008
The best place for gear and beta in Paris is at Au Vieux Campeur. The shop is located at 48 rue Ecoles, near the Maubert Mutualite bus/metro stop.
By Zach Alberts
From: Gap, Hautes-Alpes, France
Oct 6, 2012
If you're not planning on visiting Paris or bouldering in Font, there are closer and probably cheaper places to fly into than Paris. Look into Marsielle, Lyon or Geneva. Otherwise your looking at another 6+hrs of travel on the train or by car to get to the bulk of the climbing...train tickets can be expensive and by car you'd be traveling on toll roads, not to mention paying a hefty $8 a gallon for gas.
By Rui Ferreira
From: Longmont, CO
Mar 6, 2015
Is it possible to separate areas by rock climbs and snow/ice/mixed routes? At the moment for example it is all combined for Chamonix and Aiguilles Rouges. I would like to add snow/ice/mixed routes, but would like to see some better structure.