Guide to FRANCE
FRANCE which official name is French Republic or France, is a country from Europe located at the metropolitan France: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain. FRANCE with metropolitan France - total: 2,889 km sq km, limits with: Netherlands Antilles (Sint Maarten) 10.2 km; and is divided in 26 regions . FRANCE's capital is Paris which is the most populated city with about 2,110,694 inhabitants.
History of FRANCE
FRANCE's government is republic; a Republic with a Executive government type, with President Nicolas Sarkozy as head of state and Prime Minister François Fillon as head of government.
Other symbols of FRANCE are French motto " Liberté, égalité, fraternité (French, Liberty, equality, fraternity) French anthem "La Marseillaise (Song of Marseille) French flag.French flag is composed by three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), white, and red; known as the "Le drapeau tricolore" (French Tricolor), the origin of the flag dates to 1790 and the French Revolution; the design and/or colors are similar to a number of other flags, including those of Belgium, Chad, Ireland, Cote d'Ivoire, Luxembourg, and Netherlands; the official flag for all French dependent areas .
FRANCE's history is quite long: 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 introduction of a common exchange currency, the euro, in January 1999. At present, France is at the forefront of efforts to develop the EU's military capabilities to supplement progress toward an EU foreign policy.
FRANCE has an area of 643,427Km ,with a coastline of 4668, this great area is composed by 640,053 sq km; 545,630 sq km (metropolitan France) of land and 3,374 sq km; 1,400 sq km (metropolitan France) of water. French geography is known by it's metropolitan land of France: mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west and remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alps in east . This makes French's land specially proclive to metropolitan France: flooding; avalanches; midwinter windstorms; drought; forest fires in south near the Mediterranean.
Guide to travel to FRANCE
If you are thinking on traveling to FRANCE, you will have to take in consideration some points like FRANCE's currency, FRANCE's weather, FRANCE's national holiday and FRANCE's transports.
The first thing you need to know for your travels abroad is country's currency. FRANCE`s currency is called euro ( €), which is divided in 100 cents. For your consideration, euro's exchange rate is about Aarhus Cathedral in Århus per dolar.0.6347688642.
FRANCE's weather is characterized to be metropolitan France: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral. So be sure of choosing the proper date to travel to FRANCE.
You can also consider to visit FRANCE on it's national holiday to get in FRANCE's culture. If you do so, FRANCE's national holiday is called Fete de la Federation, 14 July.
Also, if you like natural wonders, don't forget to visit the highest point of FRANCE: Mont Blanc 4,807 m. And try also to get to FRANCE's lowest point: Rhone River delta -2 mBut if you prefer the city, you must visit FRANCE's tallest structure: ( ).
Don't be afraid to take a flight to FRANCE, with more than 477 airports and 8 airlines, you will get to FRANCE without problems. Once there, you can choose the transport type that better fits your needs. FRANCE has about29,370 of railways, and also8,500 of roadways, so is a good place for a car trip.
FRANCE is known by Frenchs as Republique francaise or France in the shortened way. French, about 0 people, are composed by different ethnics: Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities. And they also have different languages: French.
Another relevant point nowadays it's FRANCE's religion. Frenchs are divided in Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%.
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