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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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for France:
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Les Buis 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Europe
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This is a fun, classic route which follows natural weaknesses in the cliff while maintaining exposed positions.P1: Start by climbing up to the left leaning ramp and follow that, past an intermediate belay (for the route La Dame de Coeur, etc) and traverse nearly straight left to a belay at the base of a large right facing corner. 5.5 40m.P2: Climb the corner and belay at the top of the dihedral. 5.6 30m.P3: Move up to the right and climb the right facing dihedral belaying at its top, below ...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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Buoux, France, photo: Bob Horan
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Bob Horan arriving at the Gorge du Verdon, France
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