FRANCE





France 1196
Photo by: olly

French Republic

République Française

CAPITAL : Paris

FLAG : The national flag is a tricolor of blue, white, and red vertical stripes.

ANTHEM : La Marseillaise.

MONETARY UNIT : The euro replaced the franc as the official currency in 2002. The euro is divided into 100 cents. There are coins in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents and 1 euro and 2 euros. There are notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 euros. As of May 2003, €1 = $1.0977 (or $1 = €0.911).

WEIGHTS AND MEASURES : The metric system is the legal standard.

HOLIDAYS : New Year's Day, 1 January; Labor Day, 1 May; World War II Armistice Day, 8 May; Bastille Day, 14 July; Assumption, 15 August; All Saints' Day, 1 November; World War I Armistice Day, 11 November; Christmas, 25 December. Movable holidays include Easter Monday, Ascension, and Pentecost Monday.

TIME : 1 PM = noon GMT.


ETHNIC GROUPS

About 94% of the population holds French citizenship. Most of these citizens are of French ancestry, but there are also small groups of Flemings, Catalans, Germans, Armenians, Gypsies, Russians, Poles, and others. The largest resident alien groups are Algerians, Portuguese, Moroccans, Italians, Spaniards, Tunisians, and Turks.

Read about the Culture of France. More about France's Culture.

Read about the Geography of France.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Agulhon, Maurice. The French Republic, 1879–1992. Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Mass.: B. Blackwell, 1993.

Aplin, Richard. A Dictionary of Contemporary France. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1993.

Ardagh, John. Cultural Atlas of France. New York, NY: Facts on File, 1991.

Cook, Malcolm (ed.). French Culture Since 1945. New York: Longman, 1993.

Corbett, James. Through French Windows: an Introduction to France in the Nineties. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, 1994.

France. Paris: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 1996.

France: From the Cold War to the New World Order. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996.

Frears, J. R. Parties and Voters in France. London: Hurst, 1991.

Gildea, Robert. France Since 1945. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

——. The Past in French History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994.

Gough, Hugh and John Horne. De Gaulle and Twentieth-century France. New York: Edward Arnold, 1994.

Graham, Bruce Desmond. Choice and Democratic Order: the French Socialist Party, 1937–1950. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Hewitt, Nicholas (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to Modern French Culture. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Heywood, Colin. The Development of the French Economy, 1750–1914 the Economic History Society. Houndmills, Eng.: Macmillan, 1992.

Hollifield, James F. and George Ross (eds.). Searching for the New France. New York: Routledge, 1991.

Illustrated Guide to France. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003.

International Smoking Statistics: A Collection of Historical Data from 30 Economically Developed Countries. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Jones, Colin. The Cambridge Illustrated History of France. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Kelly, Michael (ed.). French Culture and society: The Essentials. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Noiriel, Gérard. The French Melting Pot: Immigration, Citizenship, and National Identity. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996.

Northcutt, Wayne. Mitterrand: A Political Biography. New York: Holmes and Meier, 1992.

——. The Regions of France: A Reference Guide to History and Culture. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Planhol, Xavier de. An Historical Geography of France. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Raymond, Gino. Historical Dictionary of France. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow, 1998.

The Rise and Fall of the French Revolution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Stevens, Anne. The Government and Politics of France. Houndmills: Macmillan, 1996.

Tombs, Robert. France, 1814–1914. London: Longman, 1996.

Vinen, Richard. France, 1934–1970. Houndmills, England: Macmillan, 1996.

——. The Politics of French Business, 1936–1945. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Weber, Eugen Joseph. My France: Politics, Culture, Myth. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1991.

Winchester, Hilary P. M. Contemporary France. New York: J. Wiley and Sons, 1993.

Young, Robert J. France and the Origins of the Second World War. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996.

User Contributions:

courtney
Report this comment as inappropriate
Mar 26, 2007 @ 6:18 pm
im doing a project and this was a lot of help thank you very much
Emily
Report this comment as inappropriate
Apr 13, 2007 @ 10:22 pm
This was good. It did help with my project. So thank you. I'm really glad that I found it. ^ ^
brittany
Report this comment as inappropriate
Jun 6, 2007 @ 11:11 am
I REALLY LIKED IT THANKS FOR ALL THE INFORMATIOM.I NEEDED ALL OF THAT FOR MY PROJECT I AM DOING IN READING.
MANY THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
deny_101
Report this comment as inappropriate
Jun 13, 2007 @ 8:20 pm
wow this is way better than wikipedia, can't believe how much info there was on France I am so getting a 4
jessica_ann
Report this comment as inappropriate
Sep 1, 2007 @ 4:16 pm
THIS PAGE HELPED ME DO MY ENTIRE REPORT! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH IM SO GETTIN AN A ON THIS! -_- :]
Akriti
Report this comment as inappropriate
Sep 7, 2007 @ 9:09 am
Amazing site!
absolutely amazing
am very glad a site like this exists
i quote "Thank you, Thank you, Thank god for you".

Helped me alot in my project!!
Thanx!!
British Freak
Report this comment as inappropriate
Oct 12, 2007 @ 9:09 am
People have lived on the British Isles for thousands of years. About 800 B.C., Celts migrated from northern Europe to the islands. between 55 and 43 B.C., the romans invaded. They established towns, including presebt-day London, in the south and east and built Hadrians Wall in northern England to defend themselves from warrior tribes in what is now scotland.
aurora
Report this comment as inappropriate
Nov 24, 2007 @ 5:17 pm
this info was so much help omg like thank you it was a really big help on my project
KriS-CrYFall-Halo 3
Report this comment as inappropriate
Jan 15, 2008 @ 7:07 am
this site is amazing ive used it multiple times and its way better then wikipidia
mikayla
Report this comment as inappropriate
Jan 24, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
this artical helped me alot with my project i got a 4 just wanted to say thanks!next time i do a report i will for sure contact you. and again thankyou!
alex
Report this comment as inappropriate
Mar 2, 2008 @ 8:20 pm
thank you very much, all the information i need! :)))
Vannisa
Report this comment as inappropriate
May 9, 2008 @ 7:07 am
This information did help me a lot with my technology project,so thank you very much ^.^ !!!!!
alexa
Report this comment as inappropriate
May 22, 2008 @ 2:14 pm
Thank you so much! This really helped with my 7th grade project! 0.o
karen
Report this comment as inappropriate
Jun 3, 2008 @ 10:10 am
thank you so much 4 ur information, because it really help me with my high school project in freshment year!!!!!!!!!!!
Day
Report this comment as inappropriate
Nov 11, 2008 @ 4:16 pm
Thank you im with Karen its helping me good i am a freshmen so rep it!!!!!
Lauren
Report this comment as inappropriate
Nov 17, 2008 @ 6:18 pm
i love this site i was perfect for my france project!!!much thanks for all the info!!!!
Dovie
Report this comment as inappropriate
Nov 18, 2008 @ 8:08 am
Oh I am so getting a 100. A thousand times thanks!!!!
Emily
Report this comment as inappropriate
Feb 19, 2009 @ 5:17 pm
This is awsome website. I am so glad I found it. It really helped me with my prodject!
Evalizzzzz McKorbeni
Report this comment as inappropriate
Mar 26, 2009 @ 10:10 am
this helped me alot thanks sooooo much now i didnt have to fail social studies thanks agen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
shane
Report this comment as inappropriate
Mar 30, 2009 @ 1:01 am
im glad i found this site...this information really did help me in my project....thanks
SEXi
Report this comment as inappropriate
Apr 11, 2009 @ 10:10 am
HOLY CRAP! THIS PLACE IS AMAZING! THANK YOUUUUU! WAY BETTER THAN ANYTHING ELSE
Rachel Bloomwood
Report this comment as inappropriate
Sep 26, 2009 @ 7:19 pm
This does have an a lot of information, to learn from. I just clicked a site on France and this came up. I know more about France, and glad I found this site. I'm mainly using it for a school project! :)
^_^
jianna
Report this comment as inappropriate
Oct 8, 2009 @ 11:11 am
im doin a project on france an this was the best help ive had so far:]
Jessica
Report this comment as inappropriate
Dec 16, 2009 @ 9:09 am
NO FOOD!?!?!?! i need to learn about what kinds of food there is and there is no information can you please add the foreign foods?
nicole
Report this comment as inappropriate
Jan 6, 2010 @ 11:23 pm
ummm im doing this
on my language arts
essay... and this like
really helped me
the other websites
didnt give out good
information like
this one
Report this comment as inappropriate
Apr 14, 2010 @ 9:09 am
This is a good website it has a lot of information not like the other sites such as wikipedia haha
Report this comment as inappropriate
May 20, 2010 @ 6:06 am
omg! this site is so good!! i've been doing an assignment which has been taking me forever to finish. just as i was almost finished i find this site which had all the answers i needed!such a waste of time reading endless articles that don't even have the answers i'm looking for! this site is organised, easy to access and easy to find what you need. AND IT DOESN"T BABBLE ON! (:
Report this comment as inappropriate
Sep 13, 2010 @ 11:11 am
thanks fo yor information on france very nice dudes i'm geting an A on my project!
Report this comment as inappropriate
Oct 26, 2010 @ 5:17 pm
this really helped me thanks this information really helped
Report this comment as inappropriate
Feb 19, 2011 @ 6:18 pm
I used this site for my country project for government and economics class and the information was great! thank you so much :)
Report this comment as inappropriate
Mar 7, 2011 @ 7:19 pm
WOW this is very helpful thank you! I am doing a project and this was VERY helpful to me, thanks again.
Taylor H.
Report this comment as inappropriate
Mar 8, 2011 @ 10:10 am
NO ARTS AND MUSIC?!?!?! I NEED ARTS AND MUSIC!!!PLEASE ADD ARTS AND MUSIC!!!
Report this comment as inappropriate
May 13, 2011 @ 10:10 am
Thank you so much this helped me so much on my Social Studies project
Report this comment as inappropriate
Sep 21, 2011 @ 8:20 pm
this was so much help for my project in school if they did not give me this iformation i will never have finish my project thanks
Vu Vo
Report this comment as inappropriate
Mar 8, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
this site in awesome! it is so helpful! thank you a lot!
Tessa
Report this comment as inappropriate
Apr 19, 2012 @ 2:14 pm
It reaaly helped the day before my paper was due thanx!!!
Anas Rahim
Report this comment as inappropriate
May 22, 2012 @ 6:18 pm
This is the best information I ever seen.I even got an A+ on my project!!thank you so much for this information
Mikayla
Report this comment as inappropriate
Apr 7, 2014 @ 12:12 pm
I have this paper due soon so this really helped me , otherwise I'd be handing a paper in with just my name ^_^
Madi
Report this comment as inappropriate
Nov 19, 2014 @ 11:11 am
Thanks a lot it helped tramendously in my ela class

Comment about this article, ask questions, or add new information about this topic:

CAPTCHA


France forum