French Republic is located in the west of the European Continent, with a population of 65,630,692, making it the 21st largest
national population. Its capital and largest city is
Paris with a total population of 2,234,105. The country encompasses 547,030
square kilometers making it the 48th largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany,
Switzerland, Italy, Mediterranean Sea, Spain, Bay of Biscay and English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean.

President Francois H
ollande is recognized as the Chief of State and achieves that status through popular vote and holds that
position for five years with no term limits. Prime Minister Jean-Marc A
yrault is recognized as the Head of Government and
achieves that status through nomination by the National Assembly majority and appointment by the President. Its form of
government is a Republic and they celebrate the creation of their constitution on 28th of September 1958.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are French. It counts among its major religions Roman Catholic, Protestant,
Jewish, Muslim and religiously unaffiliated. As sources of mass communication it has 41 AM, 3,500 FM, 2 Short Wave and
584 Television stations.

Major geographical features are Mont Blanc, its highest point at 4,807 meters and the Rhone River Delta, its lowest point at –2
meters. Its principal waterways are a series of 218 rivers including the Seine River, Loire River, Garonne River and the Rhone
River and five canals including the Burgundy and Canal d’Alsace, which measure 8,500 kilometers.

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are machinery, chemicals, automobiles,
metallurgy, aircraft, electronics, textiles, food processing and tourism. Its official currency is the Euro.

Here’s something you may not know about France. The Eiffel Tower is probably one of the most famous symbols of France.
It was built in 1889 for an exhibition. The tower was thought to be only a temporary structure, although it still stands today.
Bayonne on the Bay of
Calais on the English
Basque countryside in
the Pyrenees
Chambord Castle  
Loire River Valley
Eiffel Tower overlooking
the Seine River in Paris-
France's capital and
largest city
Vosges Mountains
Mont Blanc in the
French Alps- France's
highest point
Nice on the
French Riviera
Marseilles on the
Mediterranean Sea
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Provence on the
Rhone River Delta-
France's lowest point
Pyrenees Mountains
on the French border
with Spain
Toulouse on the
Garonne River
Updated 03 August 2012
Adult Prevalence Rate:

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS Deaths:
0.4% (2009 est.)


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Cassoulet- a
ubiquitous French dish
of White Bean Stew
Fort Mondane on the
French border with Italy
Border crossing from
France to Monaco
A country border
station in France with
Ladies of Provence in
traditional dress
Moselle River at the
tri-border of France,
Luxembourg and
Revin on the Meuse
River- France's border
with Belgium
Strasbourg- on
France's border with
Brittany Peninsula-
France's westernmost
point on the Atlantic
Dunkirk waterfront-
France's northernmost
point on the English
Channel and Belgium
Lauterbourg- France's
easternmost point on
the border with
Port-Bou- France's
southernmost on the
Mediterranean Sea
and border with Spain