is a state in Western Europe. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Monaco. It is the largest west-European country and it possesses the second-largest Exclusive Economic Zone in the world; France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its main ideals expressed in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. The FrenchRepublic is defined as indivisible, secular, democratic and social by its constitution, France is one of the world's most developed countries and possesses the world's fifth largest and Europe's second largest economy by nominal GDP with 2,555,439 million of USD according to the International monetary fund.
France is the wealthiest European (and the world's 4th) nation in aggregate household wealth.France enjoys a high standard of living as well as a high public education level.
The French Republic is a unitary semi-presidential republic with strong democratic traditions. The French parliament is a bicameral legislature comprising a National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) and a Senate. The National Assembly deputies represent local constituencies and are directlyelected for 5-year terms. French politics are characterized by two politically opposed groupings: one left-wing, centered around the French Socialist Party, and the other right-wing, centered previously around the Rassemblement pour la République (RPR) and now its successor the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP). The executive branch is currently composed mostly of the UMP.
Nicolas Sarkozy isthe 23rd and current President of the French Republic and he belongs to The Union for a Popular Movement, also known as Union for a People's Movement (French: Union pour un Mouvement Populaire, UMP) is a centre-right political party in France.
As a member of the G8 group of leading industrialized countries, it is ranked as the world's fifth largest and Europe'ssecond largest economy by nominal GDP with 2,555,439 million of USD as we mentioned above. It has substantial agricultural resources, a large industrial base, and a highly skilled work force. A dynamic services sector accounts for an increasingly large share of economic activity and is responsible for nearly all job creation in recent years. The unemployment rate in metropolitan France increased to9.5% in the first quarter of 2010, up from 9.2% in the third quarter of 2009.
France has historically been an important producer of agricultural products; it has been considered the world's second-largest agricultural producer, after the United States. Wheat, poultry, dairy, beef, and pork, as well as an internationally recognized foodstuff and wine industry are primary French agriculturalexports. EU agriculture subsidies to France have decreased for the last years, but still amounted to $8 billion in 2009. Agriculture is thus an important sector of France's economy: 3.5% of the active population is employed in agriculture.
France is the world-leading country in nuclear energy, home of global energy giants Areva, EDF and GDF Suez: nuclear power now accounts for about 78% of thecountry's electricity production, up from only 8% in 1973, 24% in 1980, and 75% in 1990. Nuclear waste is stored on site at reprocessing facilities. Due to its heavy investment in nuclear power
With 81.9 million foreign tourists in 2007, France is ranked as the first tourist destination in the world, ahead of Spain (58.5 million in 2006) and the United States (51.1 million in 2006).
The Frencharms industry is a contributor of France GDP; it mainly builds warships, guns, nuclear weapons and equipment. French manufacturers export great quantities of weapons to the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Greece, India, Pakistan, Taiwan, Singapore and many others countries.
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As of January 1, 2011 65,821,885 people live in the French Republic. 63,136,180...