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					France is the third largest country
in Europe. Three quarters of the
population live in cities. The
current population is 60,180,529,
making France the fourth most
populous country in Europe.
France is among the healthiest,
wealthiest, and best-educated
country in the world.
Feudaliam was present in France during the
fourteenth through eighteenth centuries. The
French Revolution, in 1789, ended monarchy.
Napoleon Bonaparte then formed formed an
administrative state in France.
Much of World War I was fought on France's
soil. Afterwards, it grew to be the industrialized
nation we know it as today.
The cities in France carefully preserve and restore the monuments and
relics of the county's history. Paris, the largest city in France, is the most
dazzling. It attracts artists and intellectuals from all countries. Paris is
known as the la ville lumière, the City of Light.
Marseilles is the chief port of France, as it is on the Mediterranean. It's also
the oldest city in the country. Nearby Marseilles are the hill towns of
Provence and Languedoc. These towns still have ancient theaters and
buildings still standing.
Lyons is well-known for its manufacturing, chemical industries, as well as
for its food. Some famous foods here are saucisses and saucissons
(sausages). Another important industrial city is Strasbourg. For a long time,
it has been the crossroads of commerce. It is also well-known as an
important medical and scientific center. It has three universities with
50,000 students, and is home to the Research Institute for Cancer of the
Digestive System. Toulouse, located in the southwest of France, is a major
center of the French aircraft industry. This hightech place has drawn a
workforce of 115, 000 students.
Government/Society:
In France, the government and industry have
merged to try to preserve the natural beauty of the
country and the heritage of its past, while
promoting the varied resources of France. Some
projects include a modern superhighway system,
and restoration of Roman amphitheaters and
ancient churches. With state subsidies for arts,
theaters have been produced so that almost every
French city has a thriving popular theater.
More people are working in France than ever before.
This is a result of the rising standard of living. The
French want to be able to buy the conviences as
well as luxeries of modern life. In addition, France
has the best health care system in the world.
School is compulsory for children ages 6 to 16 in
France. There are both government-run and
private écoles maternelles, or nursery schools.
Some take children as young as two.
In the eighth grade, if students want to prepare
for the traditional higher education, they begin to
study Latin and sometimes Greek. Students can
usually choose to either study two modern
languages, or take general education classes
combined with vocational training. At the end of
three years of lycée, or high school, students
take diffcult exams for their baccalaureat degree.
In the past few decades, most of the larger
universities were subdivided into smaller units to
make them more responsive to students' needs.
The daily french diet contains a light
breakfast, a big lunch, and a light dinner.
Typical french breakfasts include flaky
croissants, brioches, and other rolls eaten
with jelly and café au lait. Other popular
meals include escargot bourguinonne (snails
made with garlic and herbs), biftek et
pommes frites, (steak and french fried
potatoes), or pot-au-feu, a savory stew.
Meals are commonly accompanied with
loaves of bread. As with french bread, french
cheeses are as popular. There are over 400
different cheeses are produced in France.
Recreation:
• Archery Canoe and   • Golf
  Kayaking            • Hunting and
• Commercial            Fishing Outdoor
                        Guides and Outfitters
• Croquet Clubs
                      • Paragliding
• Cycling
                      • Rugby
• Equestrian Floor
                      • Running Skiing
  ball Clubs
                      • Team Handball
• Football
                      • Tennis
• Gaelic
  Organizations

				
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