The location of Metropolitan France
The territory of the French Republic
An enlargeable map of Metropolitan France

The following outline is provided as an overview and topical guide of France:

France – country in Western Europe with several overseas regions and territories. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. From its shape, it is often referred to in French as l’Hexagone ("The Hexagon").

Contents

General referenceEdit

 
Constituent lands of the French Republic

Geography of FranceEdit

 
An enlargeable topographic map of Metropolitan France

Geography of France

  Spain 623 km
  Belgium 620 km
   Switzerland 573 km

  Italy 488 km
  Germany 451 km
  Luxembourg 73 km

  Andorra 57 km
  Monaco 4 km

  Brazil 673 km

  Suriname 510 km

 

Environment of FranceEdit

 
An enlargeable satellite image of Metropolitan France

Geographic features of FranceEdit

 
The Seine as seen from the Pont Royal

Regions of FranceEdit

"Region" is also the name of France's main type of political division

Administrative divisions of FranceEdit

Regions of France (Administrative)Edit

Regions of France Since January 1, 2016, continental France is divided into 13 administrative Regions instead of the former 22 regions. The 5 overseas regions are untouched:

Before 2016 From January, 1st 2016

  1. Alsace
  2. Aquitaine
  3. Auvergne
  4. Lower Normandy
  5. Burgundy
  6. Brittany
  7. Centre-Val de Loire
  8. Champagne-Ardenne
  9. Corsica (special status)
10. Franche-Comté
11. Upper Normandy

12. Île-de-France
13. Languedoc-Roussillon
14. Limousin
15. Lorraine
16. Midi-Pyrénées
17. Nord-Pas de Calais
18. Pays de la Loire
19. Picardy
20. Poitou-Charentes
21. Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
22. Rhône-Alpes

  1. Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
  2. Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  3. Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  4. Normandy
  5. Grand Est
  6. Brittany
  7. Centre-Val de Loire
  8. Occitanie
  9. Hauts-de-France
10. Île-de-France
11. Pays de la Loire

12. Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
13. Corsica (special status)

Departments of FranceEdit

Departments of France French departments are roughly analogous to British counties.

 
Departments and Regions of France
INSEE code Arms Department Prefecture
01   Ain Bourg-en-Bresse
02   Aisne Laon
03   Allier Moulins
04   Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Digne-les-Bains
05   Hautes-Alpes Gap
06   Alpes-Maritimes Nice
07   Ardèche Privas
08   Ardennes Charleville-Mézières
09   Ariège Foix
10   Aube Troyes
11   Aude Carcassonne
12   Aveyron Rodez
13   Bouches-du-Rhône Marseille
14   Calvados Caen
15   Cantal Aurillac
16   Charente Angoulême
17   Charente-Maritime La Rochelle
18   Cher Bourges
19   Corrèze Tulle
2A   Corse-du-Sud Ajaccio
2B   Haute-Corse Bastia
21   Côte-d'Or Dijon
22   Côtes-d'Armor Saint-Brieuc
23   Creuse Guéret
24   Dordogne Périgueux
25   Doubs Besançon
26   Drôme Valence
27   Eure Évreux
28   Eure-et-Loir Chartres
29   Finistère Quimper
30   Gard Nîmes
31   Haute-Garonne Toulouse
32   Gers Auch
33   Gironde Bordeaux
34   Hérault Montpellier
35   Ille-et-Vilaine Rennes
36   Indre Châteauroux
37   Indre-et-Loire Tours
38   Isère Grenoble
39   Jura Lons-le-Saunier
40   Landes Mont-de-Marsan
41   Loir-et-Cher Blois
42   Loire Saint-Étienne
43   Haute-Loire Le Puy-en-Velay
44 Loire-Atlantique Nantes
45   Loiret Orléans
46   Lot Cahors
47   Lot-et-Garonne Agen
48   Lozère Mende
49   Maine-et-Loire Angers
50   Manche Saint-Lô
51   Marne Châlons-en-Champagne
52   Haute-Marne Chaumont
53   Mayenne Laval
54   Meurthe-et-Moselle Nancy
55   Meuse Bar-le-Duc
56   Morbihan Vannes
57   Moselle Metz
58   Nièvre Nevers
59   Nord Lille
60   Oise Beauvais
61   Orne Alençon
62   Pas-de-Calais Arras
63   Puy-de-Dôme Clermont-Ferrand
64   Pyrénées-Atlantiques Pau
65   Hautes-Pyrénées Tarbes
66   Pyrénées-Orientales Perpignan
67   Bas-Rhin Strasbourg
68   Haut-Rhin Colmar
69   Rhône Lyon
70   Haute-Saône Vesoul
71   Saône-et-Loire Mâcon
72   Sarthe Le Mans
73   Savoie Chambéry
74   Haute-Savoie Annecy
75   Paris¹ Paris
76   Seine-Maritime Rouen
77   Seine-et-Marne Melun
78   Yvelines² Versailles
79   Deux-Sèvres Niort
80   Somme Amiens
81   Tarn Albi
82   Tarn-et-Garonne Montauban
83   Var Toulon
84   Vaucluse Avignon
85   Vendée La Roche-sur-Yon
86   Vienne Poitiers
87   Haute-Vienne Limoges
88   Vosges Épinal
89   Yonne Auxerre
90   Territoire de Belfort Belfort
91   Essonne³ Évry
92   Hauts-de-Seine4 Nanterre
93   Seine-Saint-Denis5 Bobigny
94   Val-de-Marne Créteil
95   Val-d'Oise Cergy/Pontoise6
971   Guadeloupe7 Basse-Terre
972   Martinique7 Fort-de-France
973   Guyane7 Cayenne
974   La Réunion7 Saint-Denis
976   Mayotte7 Mamoudzou
 
The Eiffel Tower, with the skyline of Paris in the background
Municipalities of FranceEdit

Communes of France

Demography of FranceEdit

Demographics of France

Neighbors of FranceEdit

 
Map showing France and its neighbours

Metropolitan France is bordered by:

France is also linked to:

France's overseas departments share borders with:

Government and politics of FranceEdit

Branches of the government of FranceEdit

Government of France

Executive branchEdit

Emmanuel Macron, current President of France

Legislative branchEdit

Judicial branchEdit

Justice in France

Foreign relations of FranceEdit

Foreign relations of France

International organization membershipEdit

The French Republic is a member of:[3]

Law of FranceEdit

 
A policeman armed with a submachine gun guarding a police station in Paris

Law of France

Historical lawEdit

Military of FranceEdit

 
French Armed Forces, armed with FAMAS F1 assault rifles, await for the opening of the Memorial Day ceremony at the LaFayette Escadrille Monument in Paris, France.

Military of France

History of FranceEdit

General topicsEdit

 
Fortified city of Carcassonne and the Pont Vieux crossing the Aude river.

By periodEdit

 
Charles de Gaulle was the leader (and General) of the Free French Forces during World War II, he founded the Provisional Government of the French Republic, was a prime minister of the French Fourth Republic, and was the first president of the French Fifth Republic.

Culture of FranceEdit

 
The Louvre Museum, in Paris, is home to many of the world's greatest masterpieces of art, including the Mona Lisa.

Culture of France

Religion and belief systems in FranceEdit

Sports in FranceEdit

 
Tour de France 2005 : Arrival in Mulhouse from Gérardmer
 
A traceur - a practitioner of parkour - performs an équilibre de chat (cat balance).

Sport in France Sport articles specific to France:

Economy and infrastructure of FranceEdit

 
TGV Duplex in Paris, Gare de Lyon. TVG stands for train à grande vitesse, which is French for "train of great speed"), and is the name of France's high-speed rail service.

Economy of France France is the most visited country in the world, receiving over 79 million foreign tourists annually (including business visitors, but excluding people staying less than 24 hours in France).[4]

 
Euro banknotes

Education in FranceEdit

Education in France The three stages of the education process in France:

Health in FranceEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ French Guiana is located in South America; Guadeloupe and Martinique are in the Caribbean; and Réunion and Mayotte are in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Africa. All five are considered integral parts of the republic.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development. Human Development Report 2009. the United Nations Development Programme. New York. ISBN 978-0-230-23904-3
  2. ^ Map of France, SitesAtlas.com, 2009, webpage: SitA-507.
  3. ^ "France". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. July 2, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009.
  4. ^ Government of France, Directorate of Tourism. "79 millions d'arrivées de touristes internationaux en 2006" (PDF) (in French). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-07-31.

External linksEdit

  Wikimedia Atlas of France

  • [1] Radio France Internationale in English

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