Profile of France

  • Introduction

    Discover on the website France.fr a destination with multiple choices of opportunities, unique from many others locations thanks to the wealth of its landscapes: coastline, mountains, cities, countryside and overseas territories.

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  • Overview

    Area
    Metropolitan France: 550,000 sq. km
    Total: 641,000 sq. km
    France is the largest country in Western Europe (almost one fifth of the total area of the European Union), with a vast maritime zone (exclusive (...)

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  • An history spanning more than eleven centuries

    Most modern historians consider that France was born under the Carolingians after the dissolution of the Frankish Empire in AD 843. The country’s political history thus spans more than eleven centuries . A few key (...)

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  • French Institutions

    The Constitution of 4 October 1958 provides the institutional basis for the Fifth Republic. It has been amended several times to institute election of the President of the Republic by direct universal suffrage (...)

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  • French Society

    On 1 January 2006, Metropolitan France had an estimated 63.1 million inhabitants. France thus accounts for more than 12.9% of the European Union’s population. In 2006, life expectancy at birth was 77.2 years for men (...)

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  • Culture & Leisure

    The Ministry of Culture’s budget for 2007 was €3.2 billion. The financing of cultural activities costs some €12.6 billion, half provided by the State and half by local authorities.
    On average, households spend €1,385 (...)

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  • Economy

    France is the world’s sixth largest economic power in terms of GDP. The country’s assets are varied and include its transport and telecommunications sectors, its agrifood and pharmaceutical industries, along with (...)

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  • France’s foreign policy

    France’s foreign policy is founded on several centuries of diplomatic tradition and some fundamental principles: the right of peoples to self-determination, respect for human rights and democratic principles, respect (...)

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  • Francophonie

    The broadest meaning of this term covers the whole range of actions directed at the promotion of the French language and the values for which it is a vehicle. In the institutional sense - it is given a capital ‘F’ in (...)

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  • Images of France

    http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/fr...

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