Outline of France

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The location of Metropolitan France
The territory of the French Republic
An enlargeable map of Metropolitan France

The following outline is provided as an overview and topical guide of France:

France – country in Western Europe with several overseas regions and territories. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. From its shape, it is often referred to in French as l’Hexagone ("The Hexagon").

General reference

Constituent lands of the French Republic

Geography of France

An enlargeable topographic map of Metropolitan France

 Spain 623 km
 Belgium 620 km
  Switzerland 573 km

 Italy 488 km
 Germany 451 km
 Luxembourg 73 km

 Andorra 57 km
 Monaco 4 km

 Brazil 673 km

 Suriname 510 km

 

Environment of France

An enlargeable satellite image of Metropolitan France

Geographic features of France

The Seine as seen from the Pont Royal

Regions of France

"Region" is also the name of France's main type of political division

Administrative divisions of France

Main article: Administrative divisions of France and Regions of France
Regions of France (Administrative)

France is divided into 22 administrative Regions:

  1. Alsace
  2. Aquitaine
  3. Auvergne
  4. Lower Normandy
  5. Burgundy
  6. Brittany
  7. Centre
  8. Champagne-Ardenne
  9. Corsica (special status)
10. Franche-Comté
11. Upper Normandy

12. Île-de-France
13. Languedoc-Roussillon
14. Limousin
15. Lorraine
16. Midi-Pyrénées
17. Nord-Pas de Calais
18. Pays de la Loire
19. Picardy
20. Poitou-Charentes
21. Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
22. Rhône-Alpes

Departments of France

French departments are roughly analogous to English counties.

Departments and Regions of France


INSEE code Arms Department Prefecture
01 Coat of arms of département 01 Ain Bourg-en-Bresse
02 Coat of arms of département 02 Aisne Laon
03 Coat of arms of département 03 Allier Moulins
04 Coat of arms of département 04 Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Digne-les-Bains
05 Coat of arms of département 05 Hautes-Alpes Gap
06 Coat of arms of département 06 Alpes-Maritimes Nice
07 Coat of arms of département 07 Ardèche Privas
08 Coat of arms of département 08 Ardennes Charleville-Mézières
09 Coat of arms of département 09 Ariège Foix
10 Coat of arms of département 10 Aube Troyes
11 Coat of arms of département 11 Aude Carcassonne
12 Coat of arms of département 12 Aveyron Rodez
13 Coat of arms of département 13 Bouches-du-Rhône Marseille
14 Coat of arms of département 14 Calvados Caen
15 Coat of arms of département 15 Cantal Aurillac
16 Coat of arms of département 16 Charente Angoulême
17 Coat of arms of département 17 Charente-Maritime La Rochelle
18 Coat of arms of département 18 Cher Bourges
19 Coat of arms of département 19 Corrèze Tulle
2A Coat of arms of Corsica Corse-du-Sud Ajaccio
2B Coat of arms of Corsica Haute-Corse Bastia
21 Coat of arms of département 21 Côte-d'Or Dijon
22 Coat of arms of département 22 Côtes-d'Armor Saint-Brieuc
23 Coat of arms of département 23 Creuse Guéret
24 Coat of arms of département 24 Dordogne Périgueux
25 Coat of arms of département 25 Doubs Besançon
26 Coat of arms of département 26 Drôme Valence
27 Coat of arms of département 27 Eure Évreux
28 Coat of arms of département 28 Eure-et-Loir Chartres
29 Coat of arms of département 29 Finistère Quimper
30 Coat of arms of département 30 Gard Nîmes
31 Coat of arms of département 31 Haute-Garonne Toulouse
32 Coat of arms of département 32 Gers Auch
33 Coat of arms of département 33 Gironde Bordeaux
34 Coat of arms of département 34 Hérault Montpellier
35 Coat of arms of département 35 Ille-et-Vilaine Rennes
36 Coat of arms of département 36 Indre Châteauroux
37 Coat of arms of département 37 Indre-et-Loire Tours
38 Coat of arms of département 38 Isère Grenoble
39 Coat of arms of département 39 Jura Lons-le-Saunier
40 Coat of arms of département 40 Landes Mont-de-Marsan
41 Coat of arms of département 41 Loir-et-Cher Blois
42 Coat of arms of département 42 Loire Saint-Étienne
43 Coat of arms of département 43 Haute-Loire Le Puy-en-Velay
44 Loire-Atlantique Nantes
45 Coat of arms of département 45 Loiret Orléans
46 Coat of arms of département 46 Lot Cahors
47 Coat of arms of département 47 Lot-et-Garonne Agen
48 Coat of arms of département 48 Lozère Mende
49 Coat of arms of département 49 Maine-et-Loire Angers
50 Coat of arms of département 50 Manche Saint-Lô
51 Coat of arms of département 51 Marne Châlons-en-Champagne
52 Coat of arms of département 52 Haute-Marne Chaumont
53 Coat of arms of département 53 Mayenne Laval
54 Coat of arms of département 54 Meurthe-et-Moselle Nancy
55 Coat of arms of département 55 Meuse Bar-le-Duc
56 Coat of arms of département 56 Morbihan Vannes
57 Coat of arms of département 57 Moselle Metz
58 Coat of arms of département 58 Nièvre Nevers
59 Coat of arms of département 59 Nord Lille
60 Coat of arms of département 60 Oise Beauvais
61 Coat of arms of département 61 Orne Alençon
62 Coat of arms of département 62 Pas-de-Calais Arras
63 Coat of arms of département 63 Puy-de-Dôme Clermont-Ferrand
64 Coat of arms of département 64 Pyrénées-Atlantiques Pau
65 Coat of arms of département 65 Hautes-Pyrénées Tarbes
66 Coat of arms of département 66 Pyrénées-Orientales Perpignan
67 Coat of arms of département 67 Bas-Rhin Strasbourg
68 Coat of arms of département 68 Haut-Rhin Colmar
69 Coat of arms of département 69 Rhône Lyon
70 Coat of arms of département 70 Haute-Saône Vesoul
71 Coat of arms of département 71 Saône-et-Loire Mâcon
72 Coat of arms of département 72 Sarthe Le Mans
73 Coat of arms of département 73 Savoie Chambéry
74 Coat of arms of département 74 Haute-Savoie Annecy
75 Coat of arms of département 75 Paris¹ Paris
76 Coat of arms of département 76 Seine-Maritime Rouen
77 Coat of arms of département 77 Seine-et-Marne Melun
78 Coat of arms of département 78 Yvelines² Versailles
79 Coat of arms of département 79 Deux-Sèvres Niort
80 Coat of arms of département 80 Somme Amiens
81 Coat of arms of département 81 Tarn Albi
82 Coat of arms of département 82 Tarn-et-Garonne Montauban
83 Coat of arms of département 83 Var Toulon
84 Coat of arms of département 84 Vaucluse Avignon
85 Coat of arms of département 85 Vendée La Roche-sur-Yon
86 Coat of arms of département 86 Vienne Poitiers
87 Coat of arms of département 87 Haute-Vienne Limoges
88 Coat of arms of département 88 Vosges Épinal
89 Coat of arms of département 89 Yonne Auxerre
90 Coat of arms of département 90 Territoire de Belfort Belfort
91 Coat of arms of département 91 Essonne³ Évry
92 Coat of arms of département 92 Hauts-de-Seine4 Nanterre
93 Coat of arms of département 93 Seine-Saint-Denis5 Bobigny
94 Coat of arms of département 94 Val-de-Marne Créteil
95 Coat of arms of département 95 Val-d'Oise Cergy/Pontoise6
971 Coat of arms of Guadeloupe Guadeloupe7 Basse-Terre
972 Coat of arms of Martinique Martinique7 Fort-de-France
973 Coat of arms of Guyane Guyane7 Cayenne
974 Coat of arms of Réunion La Réunion7 Saint-Denis
The Eiffel Tower, with the skyline of Paris in the background
Municipalities of France

Demography of France

Neighbours of France

Map showing France and its neighbours

Metropolitan France is bordered by:

France is also linked to:

France's overseas departments share borders with:

Government and politics of France

Main article: Government of France and Politics of France

Branches of the government of France

Executive branch

François Hollande, current President of France

Legislative branch

Judicial branch

Foreign relations of France

International organization membership

The French Republic is a member of:3

Law of France

A policeman armed with a submachine gun guarding a police station in Paris
Main article: Law of France

Historical law

Military of France

French Armed Forces, armed with FAMAS F1 assault rifles, await for the opening of the Memorial Day ceremony at the LaFayette Escadrille Monument in Paris, France.
Main article: Military of France

History of France

Main article: History of France and Timeline of French history

General topics

Fortified city of Carcassonne and the Pont Vieux crossing the Aude river.


By period

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Charles de Gaulle was the leader (and General) of the Free French Forces during World War II, he founded the Provisional Government of the French Republic, was a prime minister of the French Fourth Republic, and was the first president of the French Fifth Republic.

Culture of France

The Louvre Museum, in Paris, is home to many of the world's greatest masterpieces of art, including the Mona Lisa.
Main article: Culture of France

Sports in France

Tour de France 2005 : Arrival in Mulhouse from Gérardmer
A traceur - a practitioner of parkour - performs an équilibre de chat (cat balance).
Main article: Sport in France

Sport articles specific to France:

Economy and infrastructure of France

TGV Duplex in Paris, Gare de Lyon. TVG stands for train à grande vitesse, which is French for "train of great speed"), and is the name of France's high-speed rail service.
Main article: Economy of France

France is the most visited country in the world, receiving over 79 million foreign tourists annually (including business visitors, but excluding people staying less than 24 hours in France).4

Euro banknotes

Education in France

Main article: Education in France

The three stages of the education process in France:

Health in France

See also

Notes

  1. ^ French Guiana is located in South America; Guadeloupe and Martinique are in the Caribbean; and Réunion and Mayotte are in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Africa. All five are considered integral parts of the republic.

References

  1. ^ Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development. Human Development Report 2009. the United Nations Development Programme. New York. ISBN 978-0-230-23904-3
  2. ^ Map of France, SitesAtlas.com, 2009, webpage: SitA-507.
  3. ^ "France". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. July 2, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ Government of France, Directorate of Tourism. "79 millions d’arrivées de touristes internationaux en 2006" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-07-31.  (French)

External links

Wikimedia Atlas of France

  • [1] Radio France Internationale in English

French government

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