, with Paris
as proud capital, is an important country in western Europe and one of the founding fathers of the European
covers diverse territory in South America, the Caribbean and many islands in the Atlantic, Indian
and Pacific Ocean.
France hugs two major mountain ranges, the Alps
to the east and the Pyrenees
in the south.
To the west the
Atlantic Ocean 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.
appeared 1.8 million years ago. Many ice ages later modern humans showed
off their art in the caves of Lascaux
Over time Celts, Greeks, Gauls, Romans, Franks, Vikings and 18 Kings called Louis
contributed to France's history.
In the early 19th century Napoleon Bonaparte
free in Europe, before he found his Waterloo.
After two devastating world wars, France is now a modern democracy and together
with Germany forms one of the pillars of the EU.
In 2015 France was rocked by a series of deadly terrorist attacks
130 innocent people.
France is the world's most popular tourist destination.