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France, officially the?French Republic, is a?state?in?Western Europe?with several of its?overseas territories and islands?located on other?continents?and in the Indian, Pacific, and?Atlantic?oceans.?Metropolitan France extends from the?Mediterranean Sea?to the?English Channel?and the?North Sea, and from the?Rhine?to the Atlantic Ocean. It is often referred to as?L’Hexagone?("The?Hexagon") because of the geometric shape of its territory. It is bordered (clockwise from the north) by Belgium,?Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy,?Monaco, Spain and?Andorra. France's overseas departments and collectivities also share land borders with?Brazil?and?Suriname?(bordering?French Guiana), and the?Netherlands Antilles?(bordering?Saint-Martin). France is linked to the United Kingdom by the Channel Tunnel, which passes underneath the English Channel.

France is a?member state of the European Union, the largest one by area. It is also the third largest in Europe behind Russia and Ukraine. It would be second if its extra-European territories like French Guiana?were included. France has been a?major power?for?several centuries?with strong economic, cultural, military and political influence. During the 17th and 18th centuries, France colonised great parts of North America; during the 19th and early 20th centuries, France built the?second largest empire?of the time, including large portions of?North,?West?and?Central Africa, Southeast Asia, and many?Pacific islands.

France is a?unitary?semi-presidential?republic?with its main ideals expressed in the?Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. France is one of the most?developed countries?and possesses the fifth largest economy by?nominal GDPand seventh largest economy by?purchasing power parity.?France enjoys a?high standard of living?as well as a?high public education level, and has also one of the world's highest?life expectancies,?It is the most visited country in the world, receiving 82 million foreign tourists annually.?France is one of the founding members of the European Union. It is also a founding member of the United Nations, and a member of the?Francophonie, the?G8,?G20,?NATO,?OECD,?WTO, and the?Latin Union. It is one of the five?permanent members of the UN Security Council?and possesses the third largest?nuclear weapons stockpile?in the world.

Motto:?Liberté, égalité, Fraternité
(Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood)
Anthem:?La Marseillaise
Location of ?Metropolitan France??(dark green)–?on the European continent??(light green &?dark grey)–?in the European Union??(light green)? —? [Legend]
Location of??Metropolitan France??(dark green)

–?on the?European continent??(light green &?dark grey)
–?in the?European Union??(light green)? —? [Legend]

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Territory of the French Republic in the world(excl. Antarctica where sovereignty is suspended)

Territory of the?French Republic?in the world
(excl. Antarctica where sovereignty is suspended)

(and largest city)
Official language(s) French
Recognised regional?languages
Demonym French
Government Unitary?semi-presidentialrepublic
?-? President Nicolas Sarkozy?(UMP)
?-? Prime Minister Fran?ois Fillon?(UMP)
Legislature Parliament
?-? Upper House Senate
?-? Lower House National Assembly
?-? Traditional date 496 (baptism of?Clovis)?
?-? Western Francia 10 August 843 (Treaty of Verdun)?
?-? Current?constitution 5 October 1958 (5th Republic)?
EU?accession 25 March 1957
?-? Total[4] 674,843?km2?(43rd)
?-? Metropolitan?France
? -?IGN[5] 551,695?km2?(47th)
? -?Cadastre[6] 543,965?km2?(47th)
210,026 ?sq?mi
? (1 January 2010 estimate)
?-? Total[4] 65,447,374[8]?(20th)
?-? Metropolitan?France 62,793,432[7]?(22nd)
?-? Density[9] 115/km2?(89th)
GDP?(PPP) 2009?estimate
?-? Total $2.108 trillion[10]?
?-? Per capita $33,678[10]?
GDP?(nominal) 2009?estimate
?-? Total $2.676 trillion[10]?
?-? Per capita $42,747[10]?
Gini?(2002) 26.7?
HDI?(2007) ▲?0.961[11]?(very?high)?(8th)
Currency Euro,[12]?CFP Franc[13]
Time zone CET[9]?(UTC+1)
?-? Summer?(DST) CEST[9]?(UTC+2)
Drives on the right
Internet TLD .fr[14]
Calling code 331
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