France celebrates the things that make it special--food, wine, music, art, film and that "je ne sais quoi" (that little special something) throughout the year, in cities large and small. Some of the festivals are well-known, like the Cannes Film Festival; others are found only by accident when you happen into a small town at just the right time. If you're headed to France this year, be sure to add one or two of these French festivals to your itinerary.

Food and Wine Festivals
What better place to celebrate food than in France? Visitors and residents alike have plenty of food festivals from which to choose. Below are just a few of the highlights:

Music Festivals
If you don't think of France as a music powerhouse, you should think again. The country has a long history of musical excellence, in genres from jazz to classical to folk music. Several festivals celebrate this history.

Literary Festivals
France's literary heritage is well-known. After all, the country was the home of such writers as Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Andre Malraux and Jean Paul Sartre, not to mention ex-patriots like Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Arts and Film Festivals
Fine art and film are practically synonymous with France. The country celebrates with festivals large and small, including the world renowned Cannes Film Festival.

One-of-a-Kind Festivals
Not every type of festival fits nicely into a category, including the French independence day celebration and the winter carnival in Nice.

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