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.
Erectus appeared 1.8 million years ago. Much later modern humans showed off their art in the caves of Lascaux
time Greeks, Gauls, Romans, Franks, Vikings and scores of King Louis's had their fair or deplorable share in France's
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.