Valois Dynasty

The Valois Dynasty succeeded the Capetian Dynasty as rulers of France. They were descendants of Charles of Valois, the second son of King Philip III of France. Philippe VI, the Fortunate 1328-1350 Jean II, the Good 1350-1364 Charles V, the Wise 1364-1380 Charles VI, the Well-Beloved 1380-1422 Charles VII, the Victortius 1422-1461 Louis XI 1461-1483 Charles VIII , the Affable 1483-1498 Louis XII, the Father of His People 1498-1515 Fran

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Lascaux

The caves of Lascaux, in France, contain some of the earliest known representational art, dating to between 17,000 and 15,000 years before the present. These Paleolithic cave paintings consist mostly of realistic images of large animals, most of which are known from fossil evidence to have lived in the area at the time. The other common theme of the paintings is outlines of the human hand. The cave was discovered in 1940 by a dog named Robot, and public access […]

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The Treaty of Versailles

Treaty of VersaillesFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Treaty of Versailles of 1919 was the peace treaty that was created as a result of the six-month-long Paris Peace Conference of 1919 which put an official end to World War I. The treaty was ratified on January 10, 1920 and required that Germany accept responsibility for the war and was thus obliged to pay large amounts of compensation (known as war reparations). Like many other treaties, it is named for the […]

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Bourbon Dynasty

House of Bourbon Descended from France’s ruling Capetian dynasty, the house of Bourbon became monarchs of France, Spain and southern Italy. The Bourbon Dynasty owes its name to the marriage (1268) of Robert, count of Clermont, sixth son of king Louis IX of France, to Beatrice, heiress to the lordship of Bourbon. Their son Louis was made duke of Bourbon in 1327. Though his line was dispossessed of the dukedom after two centuries, a junior line of the family went […]

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History: Prehistory

DATELINE950,000-80,000 B.C. Homo Erectus(400,000 B.C. Discovery of Fire) 80,000-30,000 B.C.Neanderthal 33,000-10,000B.C. Homo SapiensCro Magnon Man 4,000-2,500B.C. Neolithic Revolution 2,500-50 B.C. Celtic Domination in Gaul Where to see Prehistoric France? Mostly in Brittanny and in the Southwest of France. We recommend:The French film:The Quest for Fire The first humans found in France, known as Homo Erectus, are believed to have lived around 950,000 B.C.  First form of French Art:over 12,000 years old! They evolved slowly, through four glaciations, discovered fire in […]

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France in Figures

Over 61million foreign tourists in 1996, making France the number one worlwide destination!

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Renaissance Era

The Renaissance style refers to the style of the historic period primarily marked by King Francois I…

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Inexpensive Cell Phone Service for France

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Internet ‡ la French

A guide to French Media

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Prehistory

The Celts, emerging from Central Europe, settled in Germany and Gaul as early as 2500 B.C. They started to work with iron to make tools and weapons, and lived in well organized societies until 125 B.C., when the Roman Empire began its in the South of Fran

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