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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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 […]

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Transportation

<!–^~^67|right|^~^–> Road network Densest in the world, longest in the EU with a total of 964,356 km of local, secondary and main roads and motorways, including 7,396 km of motorways (second in Europe). Rail network On 1 January 1996, the SNCF (National Railroad Company) was responsible for 31,940 km of track. France holds the world speed record (515 km/h) with its high-speed train (TGV), which runs on 1,268 kilometres of special track. Annual capacity: 55.5 billion passenger/km (first in Europe […]

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Modern Politics

Modern French politics remain characterized by a Left/Right division of the country even though the border between the two has been recently blurred.

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20th Century

The First World War erupted in 1914 in northeast France and after two years of German victories, fell into the horrors of trench warfare. The United States entered the war in 1917 and helped France to victory…

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