1. France has historical and strong links with cinema, with two Frenchmen, Auguste and Louis Lumiere credited with creating cinema in 1895.
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3. France is the largest country of Western Europe with 550 000 km2 and the second country in population behind Germany with 65 millions inhabitants.
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5. France is slightly smaller than the size of the US state of Texas.
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6. France is the largest country in the European Union, even without its overseas territories.
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7. France is the largest recipient of subsidies under the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy, and the government's extensive system of subsidies and price controls affects a number of products and services.
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10. On the eve of World War I, France was a parliamentary democracy with young institutions comparable to those of greater antiquity in Britain.
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11. Since the Second Vatican Council France has witnessed a de-Christianization of society, and the tendency within the Roman Catholic Church has been to deritualize religious practice.
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13. France has the highest percentage of forested land among the countries of the European Union.
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14. France has a number of islands off its coast in the Atlantic Ocean.
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18. France is the fourth-leading industrial power, after the United States, Japan, and Germany.
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21. France is an active participant in the major supplier regimes designed to restrict transfer of technologies that could lead to proliferation of weapons of mass destruction: the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Australia Group, the Non Proliferation Treaty, and the Missile Technology Control Regime.
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23. France is a leader in Western Europe because of its size, location, strong economy, membership in European organizations, strong military posture, and energetic diplomacy.
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24. France is the ninth largest trading partner of the United States.
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25. In 1949, France signed an agreement with Italy that gave certain advantages to Franco-Italian co-productions.
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31. France is an active participant in the major supplier regimes designed to restrict transfer of technologies that could lead to proliferation of weapons of mass destruction: the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Australia Group, the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and the Missile Technology Control Regime.
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34. France is a leader in Western Europe because of its size, location, and large economy, membership in European organizations, strong military posture, and energetic diplomacy.
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36. France is the world's second-largest agricultural producer, after the United States.
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37. France is the European Union's leading agricultural producer, accounting for about one-third of all agricultural land within the EU.
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38. France is the ninth-largest trading partner of the United States.
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39. France is the second-largest trading nation in Western Europe.
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42. On the one hand, France denounced the re-occupation of Palestinian territories by the Israeli army and the confinement of Yasser Arafat; on the other hand, Israel denounced the alleged passivity of French authorities towards antisemitic actions undertaken, at least partially, under the false pretext of "solidarity with the Palestinians.
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43. At the same time, France had deep reservations regarding the Camp David accords because they were seen as leading towards a separate peace between Egypt and Israel, not to a global settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
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45. France has taken in only a limited number of Jews who, since 1989, have left the former Soviet Union.
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47. France has a low population density compared to other countries in Western Europe.
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49. France has a number of islands off the Atlantic coast.
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51. France has an overseas territory farther south in the Indian Ocean, collectively called the Southern and Antarctic Lands.
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52. France is the largest country in Western Europe and the third largest in Europe.
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54. In 2009, France decided to return its forces to NATO's military command.
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55. France has a number of overseas departments, territories, and countries which, legally, are part of the French Republic.
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57. In 1999, the European Union, of which France is a member, introduced a new currency, called the euro, to be the common currency among the participating member countries.
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58. France is invaded by Germany during World War I and suffers enormous losses before winning the war, with the Allies, in 1918.
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60. France is one of the largest producers of passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the world, along with Japan, the United States, and Germany.
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66. Unlike the United States and Canada, France has no community college-type alternative, nor does it possess a truly varied gamut of institutions of higher learning.
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73. In 1965, France was the third nation, after the USSR and the United States, to launch its own space satellite.
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75. France is the world's fourth-leading industrial power, after the United States, Japan, and Germany.
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82. Paris Region is France's leading region for economic activity, with a GDP of €681 billion and €56,000 (~US$70,000) per capita.
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83. France has the third highest GDP per capita per hour in the world, after Norway and Luxembourg, with an average of US$ 38.16 per hour.
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84. France is the first producer of nuclear electricity in Europe and second producer in the world after the United States.
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85. France has won the most Nobel Prizes for Literature of any country and the second highest number of Field Medals (mathematics) after the USA.
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86. France has only had 3 presidents in the last 32 years : Val�ry Giscard d'Estaing, Fran�ois Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac.
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89. France is the largest European country in terms of land area after Russia and Ukraine.
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90. France is the third military power after the US and China.
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91. France is about the same size as Texas, with twice the population of California.
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92. France has the second largest population in Europe after Germany, making up 13 percent of the European Union.
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95. In recent decades, France has produced world-elite basketball players, most notably Tony Parker.
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97. France is famous for its 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car endurance race.
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98. France has hosted events such as the 1938 and 1998 FIFA World Cups, the 2007 Rugby World Cup, and will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
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99. France is in 2013 the 2nd exporter of films in the world after the United States.
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101. Northern France is the home of some of the most important Gothic cathedrals and basilicas, the first of these being the Saint Denis Basilica; other important French Gothic cathedrals are Notre-Dame de Chartres and Notre-Dame d'Amiens.
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