This is France
In our overview of modern France we point out some of the country’s special features and compare its key statistical indicators with those of its neighbours.
These plain facts and figures begin to (...)
The Constitution of October 4, 1958 provides the institutional basis for the Fifth Republic. It has been amended several times : to institute election of the President of the Republic by direct (...)
The most recent census was in March 1999. On 1 January 2004, Metropolitan and Overseas France had 60.4 million inhabitants, including 4 million foreign residents of whom 1.5 million were European (...)
Culture and leisure activities
The Ministry of Culture’s budget for 2003 was €2.7 billion. The financing of cultural activities costs some €13 billion, half provided by the State and half by local authorities.
France is the world’s fourth largest economic power in terms of GDP. The country’s assets are varied and include its transport and telecommunications sectors, food and pharmaceutical industries, along with (...)
The single currency
On January 1st 2002, the Euro became the single currency for more than 300 million Europeans, divided among 12 EU countries (the Euro area).
It is the result of a long thought process, of the (...)
France’s Foreign Policy
France’s foreign policy is founded on several centuries of diplomatic tradition and some fundamental principles: the right of peoples to self-determination, respect for human rights and (...)
France was one of the founding members of the United Nations at its inception in 1945. It is a member of the Security Council and has a permanent seat just like the United States, Great Britain, Russia and China. As such, it plays a leading role in many decisions