Grand SiËcle

The 17th century was marked by a period of exeptional power and glamour for the French Monarchy…

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Death of Top Chef Shocks France

Loiseau’s apparent suicide Monday shocked France, plunged the gastronomic world into mourning and raised a storm of condemnation from fellow culinary masters, who blamed all-powerful food critics for pushing the celebrated chef toward despair….

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Radio Stations

Private radios have only been authorized in France since 1982. As with television, the number of private radios increased dramatically since then.

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Revolution Era

The 18th century’s Enlightment brought thinkers such as Voltaire and Rousseau to struggle against the principles of the old regime and absolutism…

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Foreign Trade

France is the world’s second largest exporter of services and farm products and fourth largest exporter of goods…

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Introduction

France is nonetheless extremely diverse: it concentrates a wealth of scenery, regional identities each with their own particular joie de vivre defined by cultural and historic differences.

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Napoleonic Era

The Revolution ends in 1799 when Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris and was crowned First Consul at the age of thirty…

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Services

<!–^~^66|right|^~^–>SERVICE SECTOR Financial services Market capitalization of shares listed on the Paris stock exchange totals 2,400 billion francs ($480 billion), 31.5% of French GDP, ranking Paris fifth in the world. Four French banks are among the world’s top 25: CrÈdit Agricole (8th), Compagnie FinanciËre Paribas (20th), Groupe Caisses d’Epargne (21st) and Banque Nationale de Paris (22nd). Insurance The French insurance sector has consolidated its position as the fifth largest in the world. The life and health classes of insurance are […]

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Social Customs

French society likes formality in many aspects of everyday life as obligatory handshaking or cheek kissing 😉

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19th Century

The industrial expansion was not slowed by the war and continued at a fast pace. To commemorate the centenial of the French Revolution, the Eiffel Tower was constructed during the Universal Exhibition of 1889…

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