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Information from httpwwwciagovciapublicationsfactbookgeosfrhtml Introduction France was a victor in World Wars I and II but they had huge losses in their empire wealth manpower and rank as a dominant country Still France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among other European countries In recent years its settlement and cooperation with Germany have been helpful to the economic integration of Europe including the introduction of the euro in January 2002 Location France is located in Western Europe bordering the Bay of Biscay English Channel and the Mediterranean Sea It borders Belgium Spain Germany Italy and is on the southeast of the UK Land Size The total area of France is 547030 sq km The total land area of France is 545630 sq km The total water area of France is 1400 sq km It is slightly less than twice the size of Colorado Population There are about 60180529 people living in France Over the last century Frances population has grown more than 40 Form of Government France is a republic meaning it has a president and 3 government branches The suffrage is the same as in the US which is 18 years old Climate France has generally cool winters and mild summers but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean Terrain Frances terrain is mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in the north and west The remainder of the land is mountainous especially the Pyrenees in the south and the Alps in the east Religion The most common religion in France is Roman Catholic which takes up 83-88 of the population Muslim takes up 5-10 Protestant takes up 2 Jewish takes up 1 Other religions take up 4 of the population Language French is spoken by about 100 of the population They are rapidly declining regional dialects and languages which are Provencal Breton Alsatian Corsican
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