Discovering France

  • Profile of France

    Generalities

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  • Institutions

    The Constitution of 4 October 1958 provides the institutional basis for the Fifth Republic.
    It has been amended several times to institute election of the President of the Republic by direct universal suffrage (...)

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  • French society

    The most recent census was in March 1999. On 1 January 2000, Metropolitan and Overseas France had 60.4 million inhabitants, including 4 million foreign residents of whom 1.5 million were European Union nationals. (...)

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  • Culture and leisure

    Books
    In 1999, 49,808 books were published including 24,485 new titles and 25,323 reprints;
    411 million copies were printed by 331 publishing houses. Turnover in publishing (1999): 2.13 billion euros.
    Newspapers (...)

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  • Economy

    France is the world’s fourth largest economic power in terms of GDP. The country’s assets are varied and include its transport and telecommunications sectors, agri-foodstuffs and pharmaceutical industries, along with (...)

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  • The single currency

    On 1 January 2002, the euro became the single currency for 300 million Europeans living in 12 European Union countries (euro area).
    The introduction of the euro is the outcome of a long process of reflection, (...)

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  • France’s foreign policy

    France’s foreign policy is based on certain fundamental principles: the right of peoples to self-determination, respect for human rights and democratic principles, respect for the rule of law and cooperation among (...)

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  • Traveling in France

    France is the most visited country in the world and has so much to offer to tourists of all tastes, from cities of high cultural interest, lovely countryside, beautiful beaches, incredible mountain scenery, to (...)

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  • Taking a walk in Paris

    Paris, the City of Lights, nevertheless has some unsuspected and inspiring treasures and unexpected, enchanting and exotic secrets: a cloister converted into a studio, a gorgeous Art nouveau facade, places that were (...)

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  • Discovering France in video

    Come visit the new FranceFR channel on Youtube for a look at the diversity that France has to offer, be it the vitality of its cultural and artistic life (arts, fashion, design, festivals ...), its vast historical heritage, or the French art of living (gastronomy and wine, wellbeing among others), as well as a whole range of services. And even a chance to win a trip for 2 to #FestiveFrance with the Blogger Challenge http://ca.france.fr/en/festive-france !

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