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Population: 66,259,012 (2014), 65,951,611 (2013)
Land Area: 643,427 sq km
Natural Resources: Coal, iron ore, bauxite, zinc, uranium, antimony, arsenic, potash, felspar, fluorspar, gypsum, timber, fish (French Guiana: Gold, petroleum, kaolin, niobium, tantalum, clay)
Capital: Paris
Political System: Republic
State Leader: Francois Hollande (May 15th 2012)
Head of Government: Manuel Valls (April 1st 2014)
Languages: French, Dialects declining
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Major Religions: Roman Catholic 83-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%. Muslim 5-10%, Unaffiliated 4%
Major Ethnicities: Celtic and Latin, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities
Life Expectancy: 81.66 years (2014), 81.56 years (2013)


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 2.739 trillion (2013), 2.609 trillion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 2.276 trillion (2013), 2.291 trillion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 35,700 (2013), 36,100 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: 0.3% (2013), 0% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 1.9%, Industry 18.7%, Services 79.4% (2013)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 2.9%, Industry 20.6%, Services 76.4% (2012)
Industries: Machinery, chemicals, automobiles, metallurgy, aircraft, electronics, textiles, food processing, tourism
Agriculture Products: Wheat, cereals, sugar beets, potatoes, wine grapes; beef, dairy products; fish
Human Development Index: 0.884 (20th)(2014), 0.893 (20th)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 32.329 billion (2002)
Unemployment Rate: 10.2% (2013)

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Army Size: 254 895 (2004)
Budget: 2.6% of GDP (2005)

Current Situation


France is located in Western Europe. Metropolitan France is bordered by Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain and Switzerland. France's overseas territories are bordered by Brazil, the Netherlands and Suriname. France is a member of several international organizations and holds leading roles in most of theses, notably the UN where it is a permanent member. France's economy is the 6th largest in the world. It is also the most visited country in the world, with 82 million tourists every year. France is the home of several multinational companies.

(2014) France's economy returned to very modest growth in 2013, and the level of growth should increase again in 2014. The government of new Prime Minister Manuel Valls resigned on August 25th, it remains to be seen if he will stay on as the Prime Minister of France and if this will affect France negatively.

Thoughts & Comments



CIA World Factbook: France
The Economist: The World In 2014
Wikipedia: France

Updated on: September 4th, 2014