There are more to France than Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre!
There are so many exciting places, gorgeous beaches, historic cities and villages, ancient ruins and majestic castles to visit. Ensure that you have time to visit more of France than just beautiful Paris.
France's colonial empire reached the height of global prominence during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when it possessed the second-largest colonial empire in the world. In World War I, France was one of the main winners as part of the Triple Entente powers fighting against Germany and the Central Powers. France was also one of the Allied Powers in World War II, but it was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1940. Following liberation in 1944, a Fourth Republic was established and later dissolved in the course of the Algerian War. The Fifth Republic, led by Charles de Gaulle, came into being in 1958 and continues to operate today.
Roman Emperor Julius Caesar defeats the Gauls and France becomes part of the Roman Empire until 476AD. French was ruled by kings for many centuries until the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution in 1789. Then Napoleon becomes Emperor of the French Republic until he is sent to exile.
- Population: more than 65.7 million people live in the country (2012)
- Capital: Paris, with 2,2 million inhabitants
- Name: Republique Francaise (French Republic)
- Motto: "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite" (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity)
- Government: Democracy
- Language: French
- Religion: mainly Christians (Roman Catholics 64%)
- Currency: 1 Euro=100cents, until 2002 French Franc