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France is a beautiful and captivating country full of art culture and an important historical background It is in the heart of Europe and is sometimes called The Hexagon Because of its shape It is the largest country in Western Europe and covers about 211200 square miles Four different waters surround the French coastline this includes the North Sea the English Channel the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean The capital of France is Paris on the banks of the Seine River Sometimes called the The City of Lights Paris has been admired and loved by millions for centuries It is an industrial center as well Paris is world renowned as a cultural and intellectual center which holds many masterpieces The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 and today is 1052 ft high It welcomes tourists from all over the world The revolution of 1789 was a very important part of history The people could be divided into three groups the Nobles the Clergy and the rest At this time the peasants owned 80 percent of the land but had no rights at all To add to their misery the food was in short supply It is estimated that on the eve of the French Revolution one-fifth of the population had no resources at all World War I broke out August 1914 setting France Russia Britain Belgiumand Serbia at war with Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire Everyone assumed the war would be over in a few months Instead the war lasted for four years Germany finally agreed to sign an armistice on November 11 1948 A kind of peace agreement The death toll had been the largest of any previous wars France had lost over 14 million men and in all of Europe over 85 million were killed People said it was the war to end all wars Only twenty years later France was plunged into another war with Germany On
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