Largest Rivers and Longest Rivers in France
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Which is the longest river in France?
The longest river in France is Rhine with a length of 1,233 kilometers (766 miles). At second and third, are Loire which stretches 1,012 kilometers (629 miles) and Meuse which is 925 kilometers (575 miles) long.The lengths of the major rivers and river systems in France range from 218 km to 1,233 km, with the average river being 610.2 km long.

 Compare Rhine with Meuse


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Rivers with the largest drainage basin. The river with the largest drainage basin in France is Rhine with a basin area of 185,000 square kilometers.The drainage basins of the major rivers in France span from 6,550 km2 to 185,000 km2, with the average basin size being 53,700.1 km2.

Rivers with the highest average discharge. The river with the highest average discharge in France is Rhine with a discharge rate of 2,330 m3/s.The average discharge of the major rivers in France range from 35 m3/s to 2,330 m3/s.


Here are the longest rivers in France.

Rhine.

Rhine

Rhine is the longest river in France at 1,233 kilometers (766 miles).

Rhine is a river that is 1,233 kilometers (or 766 miles) long and drains from a 185,000 km2 drainage basin in Germany (57.3% of river), Switzerland (15.1%), Netherlands (12.3%), France (12.2%), Luxembourg (1.4%), Austria (1.3%), Belgium (0.4%), Liechtenstein (0.1%) and Italy (0.03%).

Its average discharge rate is 2,330 m3/3 and the river flows out into North Sea.

 

 Compare Rhine with River Nene from Europe.

 Compare Rhine with Seversky Donets from Europe.


Loire.

Loire

Loire is the 2nd longest river in France at 1,012 kilometers (629 miles).

Loire is a river that stretches 1,012 kilometers (or 629 miles) in length, draining from a 115,271 km2 basin in France.

Loire discharges at 840 m3/3 and flows out into Atlantic Ocean.

 

 Compare Loire with River Eden, Cumbria from Europe.

 Compare Loire with Dniester from Europe.


Meuse.

River Meuse

Meuse is the 3rd longest river in France at 925 kilometers (575 miles).

Meuse is a river that is 925 kilometers (or 575 miles) long and drains from a 34,548 km2 drainage basin in France, Belgium and Netherlands.

Its average discharge rate is 350 m3/3 and the river flows out into North Sea.

 

 Compare Meuse with Dordogne from Europe.

 Compare Meuse with Oder–Warta from Europe.


Seine River.

Seine River

Seine River is the 3rd largest river by drainage area in France at 79,000 km2.

Draining from an area as wide as 79,000 km2 in France, Seine River has a length of 775 kilometers (482 miles).

The average volume of water flow is 560 m3/3 and the river flows out into English Channel.

 

 Compare Seine River with River Trent from Europe.

 Compare Seine River with Pechora from Europe.


Garonne.

La Garonne

Garonne is the 3rd largest river by average discharge rate in France at 650 m3/s.

Garonne is a 522-km long (324 miles) river that drains from a 55,000-km2 wide basin in France and Spain.

Garonne discharges at 650 m3/3 and flows out into Atlantic Ocean.

 

 Compare Garonne with River Aire from Europe.


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