France

Europe countries

The Government Type

presidential, republic


Leader and Title

president: francois Hollande


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Limited or unlimited

unlimited government


European Union member

yes


Current gov’t event or concern

France’s Constitutional Council gave the go-ahead on Sunday to the government’s so-called millionaire tax, to be levied on companies that pay salaries of more than 1 million euros a year. Dec.29th 2013


Historical political event

January 2nd, 2002 introduction of the first euro coins and bills replacing the legacy currency, the franc. The use of the franc currency was legal until february 17th.


Historical monument

Notre Dame cathedral, Paris


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A Person who changed history and how

Louis Blériot (1872-1936) was a French airman who bacame the first person to fly the English Channel. On 25 July 1909 he flew from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes.


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Population

65.8 million


% arable land

33.45%


Agriculture

France has been one of the most dominant agricultural centers of Europe for centuries. That gave France an important role in European and, to some extent world, affairs in the pre-industrial age. Currently, France still leads Europe in agriculture, excluding the Russian Federation. With about 730,000 farms, approximately 7 percent of the workforce is employed in agriculture or similar sectors such as fishing or forestry.


Example of Human Environment Interaction

French people change their environment in many ways. First, there is some forest damage from acid rain in some parts of France. This kind of pollution comes in the form of precipitation, and it contains dissolved sulfuric and nitric acids. Many of these acids come from burning fossil fuels such as coal in power plants. France has the most nuclear power plants in the world. Next, there is a lot of pollution from cars and other industrial plants. These types of things may be causing global warming and France is helping contribute. Most of France has been changed in some way. Thirty three percent of the land area is farmland and 27% is unchanged forest and woodlands. Finally, there is some water pollution form urban wastes and other trash in cities.


GDP

$ 2612.9 billion


GDP per capita

$39,771.84 USD


Currency

euro, CFP france


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Exchange rate to US dollars

1 euro= 1.36


Major economic activities

the main economic activity is trade in beaver fur


Famous brands of the country

louis Vuitton, AXA, and Christian dior


Language

french


Religion

cathlic


Famous landmarks

Eiffel tower


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Cultural foods

bread, crusty baguettes, cheese


Music / Literature

­pop, rock music, and gospel music


Location (relative location)

Paris: (capital city) 48° 51' N, 2° 21' E


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Climate

cold winters and mild summers, but mild winter and hot summers along the mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north to northwesternly eind known as mistral.


Topography

France topographically is one of the most varied countries of Europe, with elevations ranging from sea level to the highest peak of the continent, Mont Blanc (4,807 m/15,771 ft), on the border with Italy. Much of the country is ringed with mountains. In the northeast is the Ardennes Plateau, which extends into Belgium and Luxembourg; to the east are the Vosges, the high Alps, and the Jura Mountains; and along the Spanish border are the Pyrenees, much like the Alps in ruggedness and height.


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