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France General Info
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Capital: Paris

Area: 543,965 sq km (210,025 sq miles).

Population of France: 59,481,919 (official estimate 2002).

Population of Paris: 2,125,246 (1999).

Population Density:
109.3 per sq km

Geography: France, the largest country in Europe, is bordered to the north by the English Channel (La Manche), the northeast by Belgium and Luxembourg, the east by Germany, Switzerland and Italy, to the south by the Mediterranean (with Monaco as a coastal enclave between Nice and the Italian frontier), the southwest by Spain and Andorra, and the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The island of Corsica, southeast of Nice, is made up of two départements.

The country offers a spectacular variety of scenery, from the mountain ranges of the Alps and Pyrénées to the attractive river valleys of the Loire, Rhône and Dordogne and the flatter countryside in Normandy and on the Atlantic coast. The country has some 2900km (1800 miles) of coastline.

Government: Republic since 1792.

Head of State: President Jacques Chirac since 1995.

Head of Government: Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin since 2002.

Language: French is the official language in France, but there are many regional dialects. Basque is spoken as a first language by some people in the southwest, and Breton by some in Brittany. Many people, particularly those connected with tourism in the major areas, will speak at least some English.

Religion: Approximately 77% Roman Catholic with a Protestant minority.

Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are widely used, adaptors recommended.
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