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Liberty, Equality, Fraternity

 

General


Population: 65,312,249 (2011)
Land Area: 643,427 sq km
Natural Resources: Coal, iron ore, bauxite, zinc, uranium, antimony, arsenic, potash, felspar, fluorspar, gypsum, timber, fish (French Guiana: Gold, petroleum, kaolin, niobium, tantalum, clay)
Capital: Paris
Political System: Republic
State Leader: Nicolas Sarkozy (2007)
Head of Government: Francois Fillon (2007)
Languages: French, Dialects declining
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Major Religions: Roman Catholic 83-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%. Muslim 5-10%, Unaffiliated 4%
Major Ethnicities: Celtic and Latin, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities
Life Expectancy: 81.19 years (2011)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 2.555 trillion (2010)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 2.16 trillion (2010)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 33,300 (2010)
GDP Growth Rate: 1.6% (2010)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 1.8%, Industry 19.2%, Services 79% (2010)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 3.8%, Industry 24.3%, Services 71.8% (2005)
Industries: Machinery, chemicals, automobiles, metallurgy, aircraft, electronics, textiles, food processing, tourism
Agriculture Products: Wheat, cereals, sugar beets, potatoes, wine grapes; beef, dairy products; fish
Human Development Index: 0.884 (20th)
Tourism Revenue: 32.329 billion (2002)
Unemployment Rate: 9.5% (2009)

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Army Size: 254 895 (2004)
Budget: 2.6% of GDP (2005)

Current Situation

 

France is located in Western Europe. Metropolitan France is bordered by Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain and Switzerland. France's overseas territories are bordered by Brazil, the Netherlands and Suriname. France is a member of several international organizations and hold leading roles in most of theses, notably the UN where it is a permanent member. France's economy is the 6th largest in the world. It is also the most visited country in the world, with 82 million tourists every year. France is the home of several multinational companies.

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Sources

CIA World Factbook: France
The Economist: The World In 2010
Wikipedia: France
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/FRA.html

Updated on: December 16, 2011