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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Internet ‡ la French

A guide to French Media

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Research & Development

<!–^~^70|right|^~^–>National R & D expenditure amounts to 190 billion francs ($38 billion) i.e. 2.5% of GDP. The public sector finances 51% of it and is responsible for operating (building maintenance, salaries, laboratory equipment) the major national research centres, which include the CNRS (all fields), INSERM (medicine), INRA (agronomy), etc.. Privately-financed research focuses on advanced technology sectors such as electronics, aeronautical engineering, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and automobile construction. France ranks fourth among OECD countries for research, after Japan, Germany and the United […]

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Modern Life

As the fourth economic power, France’s standard of living and level of comsumption are very similar to those in the USA.

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Bastille Day

This month, on the 14th of July, the French will celebrate their F

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Minitel

Started in the early eighties by the government’s own France Telecom, the Minitel has become the standard for France’s online services…

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