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France

Flag: France
Geography
 
Location:West of Germany, Belgium and Switzerland, north of Italy and Spain, bordering the Bay of Biscay, the English Channel and the Mediterranean Sea.
Area:Total: 643,427 sq km; 547,030 sq km (metropolitan France) Land: 640,053 sq km; 545,630 sq km (metropolitan France) Water: 3,374 sq km; 1,400 sq km (metropolitan France) Note: the first numbers include the overseas regions of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Reunion
Land boundaries:Total: 2,889 km It has borders with Andorra 56.6 km, Belgium 620 km, Germany 451 km, Italy 488 km, Luxembourg 73 km, Monaco 4.4 km, Spain 623 km and Switzerland 573 km
Map: France
Climate:Generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean
People
 
Population:Total: 63,713,926 (July 2007 est.)
Age structure:0-14 years: 18.6% (male 6,063,181/female 5,776,272) 15-64 years: 65.2% (male 20,798,889/female 20,763,283) 65 years and over: 16.2% (male 4,274,290/female 6,038,011) (2007 est.)
Ethnic groups:Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities
Religions:Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%
Languages:French 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)
Government
 
Government type:Republic
Capital:Paris
Independence:486 (Frankish tribes unified); 843 (Western Francia established from the division of the Carolingian Empire)
Legal system:Civil law system with indigenous concepts
Economy
 
GDP (purchasing power parity):$1.902 trillion (2006 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):$31,200 (2006 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:Agriculture: 2% industry: 20.7% services: 77.2% (2006 est.)
Industries:Machinery, chemicals, automobiles, metallurgy, aircraft, electronics; textiles, food processing; tourism
Currency (code):Euro (EUR)




This article was compiled with the aid of the CIA World Fact book.



 
 
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