France

France (French Republic)

European Union Nation

UN Nation

NATO Member

G-5

Interpol

Nuclear Weapons Nation

Population:   59 551 000 (Republic) Capitol City:  Paris Lit. Rate:  99%

Chief Of State:  President Jacques Chirac

Head of Government:  Prime Minister Lionel Jospin

Provinces/States:
Alsace Aquitaine Auvergne Basse-Normandie
Bourgogne Bretagne Centre Champagne-Ardenne
Corse Franche-Comte Haute-Normandie Ile-de-France
Languedoc-Roussillon Limousin Lorraine Midi-Pyrenees
Nord-Pas-de-Calais Pays de la Loire Picardie Poitou-Charentes
Provence-Alps-Cote d'Azur Rhone-Alpes
Territories
Bassas de India Clipperton Island Europe Island French Polynesia
French Southern and Antarctic Lands Glorioso Islands Juan de Nova Island New Caledonia
Tromelin Island Wallis Futuna St. Pierre/Micheliun

Major Cities:  

Ethnicity:  Teutonic Celtic and Latin, Slavic and Basque

Lang: French (100%), regional accents are declining.

Religion:  Roman Catholic (90%), Protestant (2%), Jewish (1%), Muslim (3%), Other (4%)

History:  Once a world power, WWI and WWII ravaged the country for some time.  With amazing speed, France has recovered and is one of the most advanced countries in the world.  A nuclear nation, France is a 'lone-wolf', wishing to be left in peace when issues of its own ruling are questioned.  Although reconciled with Germany, France is bitter about its reputation wrongly given during the two World Wars.

Currency:  Franc/Euro

Exchange: 5.65 per US Dollar/1.06 EUR per US Dollar

Non-Military Assets

Groupement d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale (GIGN) Reaction, Assistance, Intervention, Dissuasion (RAID)  
     

French Forces

Marine Nationale Armee de Terre Armee de l'Air French Foreign Legion
Military:  Although wrongly given a bad reputation, the French military is an extremely experienced and professional military.  They have been involved in many bush wars in Africa, with the French Foreign Legion.
  • Black Beret - French Foreign Legion
Honours:  Besides the many battles before the 1900s, this list includes only the last century.

 World War I, World War II, Korea, Algeria, Vietnam (Their own war in the 50's), Chad, Africa, Gulf War, Somalia,  Several UN/NATO missions.