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France, officially the French Republic (French: République française), 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.


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On April 22, 2012, François Hollande, the Socialist challenger, eked out a victory in the first round of French presidential elections over the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy. The two will face each other in a runoff on May 6.
Mr. Hollande’s slender lead delivered no clear answer about Mr. Sarkozy’s fate or the direction of a European power in an era of debt crisis, low growth and high unemployment.

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Source: The New York Times

France places a premium on national identity, pressing the population to put "Frenchness" before religion or national background.
Sarkozy is running for a second term in office, with voting set for April 22. He faces a strong challenge from Francois Hollande of the Socialist party and a range of candidates from smaller parties, including the far-right Marine Le Pen.

Article: Too many immigrants in Fr...

The problem is acute in France, the country with the largest Muslim population in western Europe, estimated at some 5 million, and, it is said, the most Muslim prisoners. France doesn't count inmates by ethnicity or religion, but one expert estimates that about half of French inmates are Muslim, far greater than the proportion in the population at large.

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"Today we have a problem," Sarkozy said Tuesday night on France 2 TV.
"Our system of integration is working worse and worse because we have too many foreigners on our territory, and we can no longer manage to find them accommodation, a job, a school," he said.
France places a premium on national identity, pressing the population to put "Frenchness" before religion or national background.

Article: Too many immigrants in Fr...

Counterbalancing the reliance on public spending is a more modest deficit of about 5 percent of GDP, placing France slightly above the euro zone average and well below those of Britain and the United States. Again, Britain and the U.S., unlike France, have the luxury of their own currencies and the power of their own central
banks, both of which have been busily engaging in spectacular measures to support their respective economies. It is simply a lot more lonely being France, protestations of solidarity among Europeans notwithstanding.

Article: COLUMN-Will France remain...

In 1939, as World War Two loomed, the British and French planned to fight an updated version of what happened in 1914-18 during World War One, but with some essential differences. The French had suffered massive casualties in frontal attacks in 1914. This time they were going to remain on the defensive in western Europe, while mobilising their military forces and industrial base to fight a total war. They planned to take the offensive some two to three years after the start of hostilities.

Article: The Fall of France

A key player on the world stage and a country at the political heart of Europe, France paid a high price in both economic and human terms during the two world wars.
The years which followed saw protracted conflicts culminating in independence for Algeria and most other French colonies in Africa as well as decolonisation in south-east Asia.

Article: France profile
Source: BBC News

The enduring image of France as a epicurean paradise is due, at least in part, to the wide range of fruits and vegetables grown in its soil, to the attention given to breeds of animals raised for its tables and to the abundance of seafood culled from its waters. The existence of such natural resources would, however, amount to nil were it not for the savoir faire of specialists who transform pork into pâté, milk into cheese, and flour into bread, an army of professionals baking pastries, making candies, creating dishes, not to mention the existence of vineyards producing some of the finest wines in the world.

Article: France

Few countries would seem less likely to succeed in the modern world of globalization, free trade and high-tech, speed-of-light capitalism than France. Widely caricatured as the home of the 340 cheeses, the eight-week vacation, the 35-hour workweek and the crippling public sector strike, this over-centralized, over-taxed, state-heavy, tradition-bound, sedentary, protectionist and perversely self-satisfied nation could not possibly survive in the competitive, market-driven international arena of today.
Think again.
A new France is taking shape at the dawn of the 21st century.

Article: French Connected

If geography is destiny, the fate of France would assuredly seem blessed. A temperate climate and gentle, well-watered terrain have contrived down the ages to produce a civilization sans pareil. It is a culture abrim with connoisseurs of the good life and nature's bounty. Charles de Gaulle, father of the Fifth Republic, used to cite France's prodigious number of cheeses -- 265 by his reckoning -- as an example of the land's lavish variety.

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