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Introduction:

France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-7, the G-20, the EU, and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing De Gaulle's 1966 decision to withdraw French forces from NATO.

Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999.

In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.

 

France Flag
Flag

France Emblem
Emblem

Quick Facts

Population:
67,364,357 (July 2018 est.)
Map Reference:
Europe
Area:
total= 643,801 sq km; 551,500 sq km (metropolitan France)

Government:
Republic
Capital:
Paris

Internet Code:
.fr

Airports:
464 (2013)

Websites

Government
Wikipedia
Travel
Video
Webcam

France Locater
Locater

France Map
Map

Astronaut Image

Astronaut Image
FRANCE
Mission/Frame: STS132-E-11408
Spacecraft Altitude: 186 nautical miles (344 km)
Features:
PARIS, SEINE RIVER, ROADS

 

 

 

 

 

   

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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