"...I'm mystified by the comments about the French not camping out. True I've been up in the mountains above the Mediterranean during the August holiday and seen only two people, but it's. a big country with plenty of wild areas. Randonee and camping are hugely popular and there is a whole industry devoted to outdoor activities..."
I'm have a family of friends in France, they've visited here, we've visited there: Périgueux, Portiers, Bordeaux, and Germ. I have found them to be a very outdoorsy folk. Hiking, camping, canoeing, or simply walking everywhere when in town. I've not camped with them in France but they camp when here