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    France Transportation 2000

      Railways:
      total: 31,939 km (31,940 km are operated by French National Railways (SNCF); 14,176 km of SNCF routes are electrified and 12,132 km are double- or multiple-tracked)
      standard gauge: 31,840 km 1.435-m gauge
      narrow gauge: 99 km 1.000-m gauge (1998)

      Highways:
      total: 893,300 km
      paved: 893,300 km (including 10,300 km of expressways)
      unpaved: 0 km (1998 est.)

      Waterways: 14,932 km; 6,969 km heavily traveled

      Pipelines: crude oil 3,059 km; petroleum products 4,487 km; natural gas 24,746 km

      Ports and harbors: Bordeaux, Boulogne, Cherbourg, Dijon, Dunkerque, La Pallice, Le Havre, Lyon, Marseille, Mullhouse, Nantes, Paris, Rouen, Saint Nazaire, Saint Malo, Strasbourg

      Merchant marine:
      total: 55 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 1,155,286 GRT/1,693,030 DWT
      ships by type: bulk 3, cargo 5, chemical tanker 6, combination bulk 1, container 5, liquified gas 4, multi-functional large load carrier 1, passenger 3, petroleum tanker 16, roll-on/roll-off 6, short-sea passenger 4, specialized tanker 1 (1999 est.)
      note: France also maintains a captive register for French-owned ships in Iles Kerguelen (French Southern and Antarctic Lands) (1998 est.)

      Airports: 474 (1999 est.)

      Airports - with paved runways:
      total: 267
      over 3,047 m: 14
      2,438 to 3,047 m: 30
      1,524 to 2,437 m: 92
      914 to 1,523 m: 74
      under 914 m: 57 (1999 est.)

      Airports - with unpaved runways:
      total: 207
      1,524 to 2,437 m: 4
      914 to 1,523 m: 76
      under 914 m: 127 (1999 est.)

      Heliports: 3 (1999 est.)

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