France is one of the world's major industrial powers and is known for its art, museums, vineyards, food, culture and style.
Paris, the capital city, is one of the most beautiful city in the world, the currency is the Euro, and French is the official language.
Generally there are cool winters and mild summers, with very mild winters and hotter summers along the Mediterranean at 46 00'N, 2 00'E
A population of 59,128,000 live in 22 regions, within 550,100 sq km (212,394 sq miles). A wide plain covers much of the country with several major mountains ranges, and rivers. The French Republic or France (French: Republique fran aise or France) is a country whose metropolitan territory is located in western Europe, and which is further made up of a collection of overseas islands and territories located in other continents.
France is a democracy organised as a unitary semi-presidential republic. It is a developed nation with the fifth-largest economy in the world in 2004. Its main values are expressed in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.
France is one of the founding members of the European Union, and has the largest land area of all members. France is also a founding member of the United Nations. It is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council wielding veto power, and it is also one of only seven acknowledged nuclear powers in existence.
Economy: France's economy combines extensive private enterprise (nearly 2.5 million companies registered) with substantial (though declining) government intervention (see dirigisme). The government retains considerable influence over key segments of infrastructure sectors, with majority ownership of railway, electricity, aircraft, and telecommunication firms. It has been gradually relaxing its control over these sectors since the early 1990s. The government is slowly selling off holdings in France Telecom, Air France, as well as the insurance, banking, and defence industries.