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France History and Culture


Archeological remains indicate that humans have lived in what is now France for at least 100,000 years. From about 50,000 to 8000 BC, Paleolithic cultures lived in the area, leaving extraordinary paintings on cave walls.
The famous caves at Lascaux and elsewhere in southwest France date from this period. Neolithic cultures that populated France from 4000 to 2000 BC left behind thousands of stone monuments; the coastal regions of Brittany are especially rich in these prehistoric remains.
More sophisticated cultures began to develop by about 2000 BC, and by about 800 BC a semi-agricultural Iron Age culture was dominant in much of France. After this, the Celts began to dominate; between 500 BC and AD 500 they migrated from central Europe to form most of the population of central and western France.

The culture of France has profoundly influenced that of the entire Western world, particularly in the areas of art and letters, and Paris has long been regarded as the fountainhead of French culture.
France first attained cultural preeminence in Europe during the Middle Ages; later, the wealth of the French crown in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries provided a subsidization of art on a scale comparable to that of the papacy in Rome, attracting to Paris many of Europe's most talented artists and artisans.

Wealth also created a leisure class, which had both the time and the means for developing elegance in dress, manners, furnishings, and architecture. French styles still pervade much of Western culture.


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