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France Facts and Figures

Area : 547,030 square kilometer
National Capital : Paris
Coastline :

3,427 kilometers

Geography :

Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain

Terrain :

Mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alps in east 

Time Zone :

GMT + 1 Hour

Elevation Extremes :

lowest point: Rhone River delta -2 m; highest point: Mont Blanc 4,807 m

Poplulation :

60,424,213 (July 2004 est.)

Language :

French 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provençal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)

Currency : EURO
Climate : Generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean 
Natural Resources :

Coal, iron ore, bauxite, fish, timber, zinc, potash.

Religion :

Roman Catholic 90%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim (North African workers) 1%, unaffiliated 6% 

Government :



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