France is about 80% the size of Texas. In the Alps near the Italian and Swiss borders is western Europe's highest point—Mont Blanc (15,781 ft; 4,810 m).
Land area: 210,668 sq mi (545,630 sq km);
total area: 211,209 sq mi (547,030 sq km)
Population (2008 est.): 64,094,658
Entering France - except EU or Swiss nationals - must have a long stay student visa on their passport. This visa allows the student to live in France until he applies there for a Residence Permit and receives it.
All students who plan to study in France for more than six months and who are not citizens of one of the 30 member countries of the European Economic Area, or of Andorra, Monaco, Switzerland, San Marino or the Vatican, must obtain a long-term visa marked étudiant.
As with admission to higher education institutions, student residing in the following countries can only obtain student visas through an online procedure : Algeria
Living in Paris
If you have friends or relatives living in Paris, it may be best if you stay with them while you search for a permanent place to live. You can also stay at hotels and hostels where prices might vary from €20 to €100 (and even more).
You'll need to have about 1,000 Euros a month to live in France. Below that level, you are likely to have trouble living normally and may not be able to devote sufficient attention to your program of study