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Country Map The French Republic, commonly known as France, is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is often referred to as l’Hexagone ("The Hexagon") because of the geometric shape of its territory. It is the largest western European country and it possesses the second-largest exclusive economic zone in the world, covering 11,035,000 km2 (4,260,000 sq mi), just behind that of the United States (11,351,000 km2 / 4,383,000 sq mi).

Over the past 500 years, France has been a major power with strong cultural, economic, military and political influence in Europe and around the world. During the 17th and 18th centuries, France colonised great parts of North America and Southeast Asia; during the 19th and early 20th centuries, France built the second largest colonial empire of the time, including large portions of North, West and Central Africa, Southeast Asia, and many Caribbean and Pacific Islands.

France has its main ideals expressed in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. The French Republic is defined as indivisible, secular, democratic and social by its constitution. France is one of the world's most developed countries, it possesses the world's fifth largest economy measured by GDP, the ninth-largest economy measured by purchasing power parity and is Europe's second largest economy by nominal GDP. France is the wealthiest European (and the world's 4th) nation in aggregate household wealth. France enjoys a high standard of living as well as a high public education level, and has also one of the world's highest life expectancies. France has been listed as the world's "best overall health care" provider by the World Health Organization. It is the most visited country in the world, receiving 82 million foreign tourists annually.

France has the world's third largest nominal military budget, the third largest military in NATO and EU's largest army. France also possesses the third largest nuclear weapons stockpile in the world – with around 300 active warheads as of 25 May 2010 – and the world's second largest diplomatic corps (second only to that of the United States).

France is a founding member of the United Nations, one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, and a member of the Francophonie, the G8, G20, NATO, OECD, WTO, and the Latin Union. It is also a founding and leading member state of the European Union and the largest one by area. In 2011, France was listed 20th on the Human Development Index and 24th on the Corruption Perceptions Index (2010).

(Source: Wikipedia)
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Geographical Facts
Population 65 822 000
Area 674 843 km² / 260 558 mil²
Drives on the Right
Calling Code 33
Time Zones UTC+01:00
Political Situation
Member of the EU yes
Member of the Schengen Aea yes
Official Languages French
Description None
Medical Situation
Recommended Vaccination
RoutineHepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)
Additional Information
Voltages / Frequency
230 V 50
Other Names-
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Cruise Line Cruise Name Days Total
A-RosaA Taste of Burgundy & Provence8
A Toast to Provence & Burgundy8
Exploring German Christmas Markets9
Historic Cities11
Panoramic Adventures10
Panoramic Rhine Northbound8
Panoramic Rhine Southbound8
Rhine North & South10
The Enchanting Rhine9
Ama WaterwaysChristmas on the Rhine13
Europes Rivers & Castles14
Jewels of France21
Paris & Normandy11
Provence & Spain15
The Enchanting Rhine13
Ultimate River Cruise21
Vineyards of the Rhine & Mosel12
Avalon WaterwaysBurgundy & Provence11
Canals Vineyards Paris 201510
Central European Experience 201412
Central European Experience 201512
Christmastime in Alsace & Germany5
Christmastime in Germany12
Grand Christmastime Cruise16
Grand France 201416
Grand France 201516
Highlights of Germany13
Jewels of Central Europe: Budapest to Paris19
Jewels of Central Europe: Budapest to Paris 201519
Jewels of Central Europe: Paris to Budapest17
Jewels of Central Europe: Paris to Budapest 201517
Paris to Normandy's Landing Beaches 20148
Paris to Normandy's Landing Beaches 20158
Rhine & Rhone Revealed16
Romantic Rhine8
The Rhine & Moselle13
The Upper Rhine to the City of Music12
Windmills, Vineyards & Paris10
Emerald WaterwaysMagical Rhine & Moselle12
Grand Circle TravelChristmas Markets along the Rhine11
Christmastime on the Seine8
Cruising Burgundy & Provence to the Cote d'Azur13
Romance of the Rhine & Mosel16
The Seine: Paris to Normandy13
Lueftner CruisesChristmas Cruise on the Rhine7
Classical Music on the Rhine8
Classical Rhine Cruise8
French Savoir Vivre8
Magic of Advent on the Rhine5
New Year's Eve Cruise on the Rhine8
Scenic ToursHighlights of the Rhine8
Magnificent Rhine and Rhone15
Romantic Rhine & Moselle15
TauckA Taste of France10
Belgium & Holland in the Spring10
Bon Voyage France Family River Cruise10
Christmas Markets along the Rhine8
Cruising the Seine plus Versailles, Paris and London14
French Escapade14
French Waterways10
Rendezvous on the Seine10
The Rhine and Moselle13
The Romantic Rhine: Basel to Amsterdam8
Uniworld Boutique River CruisesBordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux8
Burgundy & Provence8
Burgundy & Provence Family Program8
Castles along the Rhine8
Grand European Discovery15
Grand European Highlights22
Grand France15
Legendary Rhine & Moselle13
Paris & Normandy8
Paris & Normandy Family Program10
Paris & the Heart of Europe18
Parisian Holiday8
Portrait of Majestic France15
Rhine Discovery & Prague10
Rhine Holiday Markets8
Ultimate Grand France22
Vantage Deluxe World TravelA Seine River Christmas Cruise & New Year's in Paris11
A Seine River Cruise: Paris & Highlights of Normandy11
Champagne, Normandy, Paris & a Seine River Cruise13
Cruising the Seine: Honfleur to Paris9
Culinary French Waterways: Highlights of Burgundy, Beaujolais & Provence12
French Waterways: Highlights of Burgundy & Provence12
Holiday Magic in Paris & Along the Seine11
Romance of the Blue Danube11
Switzerland & the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle15
Treasures of France: A Grand River Journey from Normandy to Provence22
Treasures of the Rhine & Main Rivers15
Viking River CruisesChateaux, Rivers & Wine8
Cities of Light12
France's Finest15
Grand Rivers of Europe22
Paris & the Heart of Normandy8
Portraits of Southern France8
Rhine Getaway8
Rhine Rhapsody10