France is already the world's most visited country, welcoming 84 million tourists last year. The euro zone's second-largest economy is looking to the tourism industry, which employs some 2 million people, to help kick-start growth.
Last month, the government announced a fund intended to boost everything from hotels to heritage sites.
At a meeting in Bonn, Germany, UNESCO also granted world heritage status to sites including the Diyarbakir Fortress in Turkey and two sites in Denmark.
It includes the vineyards of Hautvilliers, Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Saint-Nicaise Hill in Reims, and the Avenue de Champagne and Fort Chabrol in Epernay, as well as production sites, underground cellars, and the sales and distribution centres, or Champagne Houses.
In Burgundy, UNESCO recognised the Climats, vineyards on the slopes of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune south of the city of Dijon. "The site is an outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages," it said.
UNESCO has "brought amply deserved recognition to these two regions, which have learned how to preserve and value their cultural and natural patrimony," said Pellerin.