Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in France. The peak straddles the French-Italian border in the Alps mountain range and has an elevation of 15,771 feet.
The name "Mont Blanc," which in French means "white mountain," is due in part to the nearly 40 square miles of glaciers that cover the mountain. The summit of Mont Blanc rests in French territory. Mont Blanc is not only France's highest mountain but Europe's as well, and it has the 11th largest peak prominence in the world. The first men known to summit the peak were Michel-Gabriel Paccard and his porter Jaques Balmat in 1786.