France is some of the earliest pioneers in many architectural styles, and also containing some of the best and the most beautiful architectural creations of the continent. The French architecture style in the Medieval Ages was Gothic.
At the beginning was the Early Gothic, which started in 1140. It was characterized by the use of pointed arches. The walls were divided in four tiers, so they would be taller. Some examples of High Gothic style who appeared in the 13th century in France architecture can be seen at Notre-Dame de Chartres and Notre-Dame de Paris.