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There are many Countries in the world but non-like France France is one of the most interesting countries in the world because of their history creative arts and even their transportation One of the reasons why I think France is an exciting country is because France is an independent nation in Western Europe It is also the center of a large but diminishing overseas administration France is considered the largest Western European country It is shaped roughly like a hexagon and three of its six sides are bounded by water and the English Channel on the northwest the Atlantic Ocean and Bay of Biscay on the west and the Mediterranean Sea on the southeast Turnpike Pg515 The remaining sides are mainly mountainous and are shared by seven European neighbors and Belgium and Luxembourg on the northeast Germany Switzerland Italy on the east Spain and tiny Andorra on the south A Frances ally is Monaco located on the Mediterranean coast near Nice and entirely surrounded by French territory In ancient times France was part of the Celtic territory known as Gaul or Gallia Its present name is derived from the Latin Francia meaning country of the Franks a Germanic people who conquered the area during the 5th century at the time of the fall of the Western Roman Empire It became a separate country in the 9th century Since the 17th century France has played a major role in European and world events In the 20th century it has experienced numerous crises including the devastation of two world wars political and social upheavals and the loss of a large empire in Indochina Algeria and West and Equatorial Africa It has however survived and emerged from the ruins of World War II to become an important world supplier of agricultural and industrial products and a major partner in the European Union EU Turnpike Pg528 Today the term metropolitan France refers to the mainland departments and Corsica a
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