I am extremely sorry to disappoint you but it is a fact known by anyone interested in aviation in Europe...
some people would consider this an offence...
well, if it is commonly known to so many aviation enthusiasts why do i don´t know it?????
i´m certainly not calling myself omniscient but i´ve never heard of France being the biggest domestic market in europe, though i certainly could be wrong.
in addition, France has a far more sophisticated rail network and vaster network of highspeed trains, and additionally, germany has about 25 mio inhabitants more than france which are two facts which could possibly indicate that germany should have more domestic pax.
perhaps you may disregard but i´m certainly not disappointed. contrary to so many others on this board, i´m not angry if any other country has more traffic than the one i´m living and i´m not angry if some other airline has more seat pitch than the airline i prefer (i´m explicitly not saying favorite airline).
unfortunately, i was not able to find figures for the french domestic market. i´ve been checking the IATA and ICAO, AEA and whateve sites, aéroports de france, but i haven´t found any published figures. if you got any numbers, please pass them on, i´d certainly be willing to change my mind. however, i got figures about the german domestic market. according to http://www.adv-net.de/statist/lvs2000.pdf
in 2000 germany had 43.116.599 domestic pax.
given the fact that paris-NCE, -MRS, -TLS account for 9 mio pax...
If only pure sweetness was offered, why's this bitter taste left in my mouth.