Title: The French Republic

Population: 68,084,217

Population Change: 0.22

National Average Age: 42

Urban Percentage: 82

Christian Population: 40,000,000

Christian Percentage: 66

Introduction: France in Western Europe encompasses medieval cities alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris its capital is famed for its fashion houses classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.

Overview: France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council NATO the G-8 the G-20 the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009 reversing DE GAULLE's 1966 decision to withdraw French forces from NATO. Since 1958 it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe including the introduction of a common currency the euro in January 1999. In the early 21st century five French overseas entities - French Guiana Guadeloupe Martinique Mayotte and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.



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