Four major rivers form the backbone of France's water system: the Loire (1,010 km. in length), the Seine (770 km.), the Garonne (650 km.) and the Rhône (522 km. within France). In addition, the Rhine forms the border between France and Germany for a distance of 190 km. Some of these rivers are an important focus for transport and for industrial and urban development.

Boat trip on french canals