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France is a large country in western Europe and one of the founding fathers of the European Union.
Overseas France covers South American and Carribean territory plus many islands in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean.
The country hugs two major mountain ranges, the Alps to the east and the Pyrenees in the south.
To the west the Atlantic pounds the rugged coasts of Brittany and Normandy while in the south the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea lap the mundane shores of the Cote d'Azur.

Homo Erectus appeared 1.8 million years ago. Much later modern humans showed off their art in the caves of Lascaux.
Over time Greeks, Gauls, Romans, Franks, Vikings and scores of King Louis's had their fair or deplorable share in France's history.
The French Revolution of 1789 saw a lot of bloodshed, but also the issuing of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizens , a keystone for modern concepts of democracy.
In the early 19th century Napoleon Bonaparte roamed free in Europe, before he found his Waterloo.
After two devastating world wars, France is now a modern democary and together with Germany forms one of the pillars of the EU.

Its rich history, culture and diverse landscape makes France a favorite tourist destination.
Cote d'Azur
Rhône Area