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France Introduction

France is the largest country of Western Europe in area. Paris, the capital of France and largest city in the country, ranks as one of the world's great cities.
For hundreds of years, Paris has been a world capital of art and learning.

Its university is over 800 years old, and is one of the largest in the world.
Paris attracts artists and writers of all nationalities. Many great artists have produced their finest masterpieces there.

A Short Background

Although ultimately a victor in World Wars I and II, France suffered extensive losses in its empire, wealth, manpower, and rank as a dominant nation-state. Nevertheless, France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations.

Since 1958, it has constructed a presidential democracy resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier parliamentary democracies. In recent years, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the advent of the euro in January 1999.

Presently, France is at the forefront of European states seeking to exploit the momentum of monetary union to advance the creation of a more unified and capable European defense and security apparatus.

1UpTravel's Guide to France

Topography of France - Read more about the geography and topography of France

History of France - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of France

Life & People of France - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of France

Local Cuisine of France - Find out delicious local cuisines of France

Holidays in France - Check out a list of the local holidays in France

Festivals in France - Learn about the festivals in France

Embassies of France - Provides an Embassy database for France

Administration facts of France - Learn about the governmental administration facts of France

Newstands in France - Browse through a collection of local online newspapers of France

Attractions in France - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in France

Maps of France - Discover a detailed map of France

Map Database of France - Browse a large collection of city, country, historical, political, thematic, and shaded relief maps of France

Flags of France - Uncover the flag images and description of the flag of France. Includes historical flags, symbols, and related information

Weather for cities of France - Browse weather forecast, hourly conditions, temperature, sunrise, sunset, and other weather related reports for the cities of France

Shopping in France - Find out the best places for shopping in France

Restaurants in France - Browse a list of eat-outs in France

Geography of France - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of France

People of France - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in France

Government and Politics in France - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of France.

Economy of France - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of France

Communications in France - Browse statistics on telephones, mobile and cellular lines in use, radio broadcast stations, televisions, internet country code, ISP's, internet users, and facts on communications in France

Transportation in France - Offers statistical details on the railways, highways, waterways, ports & harbors, airports, and other facts on transportation in France

Military of France - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in France

Transnational Issues of France - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of France


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