The rue de France is a major axis of the city of Nice, parallel to the Promenade des Anglais. Until 1860, it was the road that connected the County of Nice to Saint-Laurent du Var, its front with France, hence its name "rue de France".
From east to west, it starts from rue Massena, in the Golden Square, crosses the Gambetta boulevard, the Baumettes district, and arrives at Magnan where it changes its name to become avenue of California. It is a very commercial street, thanks to its pedestrian zone and many hotels and restaurants.
The rue de France is lined with numerous palaces (Rosa Bonheur, Marie-Christine, Reine Marie, Alphonse XIII ...), there is also the monument of the Marble Cross, The Villa Massena of Belle-Epoque style, the villa Furtado Heine, Art Deco buildings including the superb Gloria Mansions, and many recent residences such as The "Palais des Arts".