|La République Française/The French Republic|
|Official Language: Français/French|
|Government: Unitary semi-presidential republic|
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|Formation: 843 AD|
|Population: 64,473,140 (January 2008)|
|Currency: Euro (€) EUR|
|¨Human Rights Record¨ Wikipedia article|
|¨Territorial Disputes¨ France claims the Banc du Geyser which was annexed by Madagascar in 1976, she also disputes the ownership of the Matthew and Hunter Islands with Vanuatu. The Ownership of the Summit of Mont Blanc has been an issue of contention in the past with Italy, however it is now ignored.|
|¨Ongoing Conflicts¨ France is involved in the NATO intervention in Afghanistan|
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France, officially the French Republic (French: République française), is a country whose metropolitan territory is located in Western Europe and that also comprises various overseas islands and territories located in other continents. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. French people often refer to Metropolitan France as L’Hexagone (The “Hexagon”) because of the geometric shape of its territory. France is a unitary semi-presidential republic. Its main ideals are expressed in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.
France is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra, and Spain. Due to its overseas departments, France also shares land borders with Brazil and Suriname (bordering French Guiana), and the Netherlands Antilles (bordering Saint-Martin). France is also linked to the United Kingdom by the Channel Tunnel, which passes underneath the English Channel.
France has been one of the world's foremost powers since the latter half of the 17th century. In the 18th and 19th centuries, France built one of the largest colonial empires of the time, stretching across West Africa and Southeast Asia, prominently influencing the cultures and politics of the regions. France is a developed country, with the sixth (nominal GDP) or eighth (PPP) largest economy in the world. 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, and has the largest land area of all members. France is also a founding member of the United Nations, and a member of the Francophonie, the G8, NATO, and the Latin Union. It is one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council; it is also an acknowledged nuclear power with 360 active warheads and 59 nuclear power plants.
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