National Park System, France
In 1963, the French government established its first two national parks, Vanoise National Park in Savoie and Port-Cros National Park in Var. There are currently 10 national parks in France and French overseas territories. The government set up a French National Parks Bureau to manage this system. France is a highly developed country. The French national parks protect a total area of 3,710 km2 in the core areas and 9,162 km2 in buffer zones in France, covering more than 2% of the area of the country. The Parc National des Ecrins in the Alps covers 918 km2 and is the largest national park in mainland France.