Satellite image of France
Metropolitan France has a total population of approximately 62,500,000. France shares the
country border with the nations of Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra
and Spain. France has a strong economic, cultural and political influence on the neighboring countries.
France has the largest number of nuclear plants in European Union. It is the most visited country around
the world, receiving 82 million foreign tourists annually.
(L) SNCF, a high speed train of France (R) Arc de Triomphe
The railway network of France, which stretches 31,840 kms is the most extensive in Western Europe.
It is operated by the SNCF, and high-speed trains, which include the Thalys, the Eurostar, and TGV.
The Eurostar, along with the Euro-tunnel Shuttle, connects with the United Kingdom through
the Channel Tunnel. TGV trains run at the 320 kms/h in commercial use. French rail connections
exist to all other neighboring countries in Europe.
(L) Palais du Louvre (M) Tour Eiffel in 2008 (R) Eiffel Tower, Exposition Universal, 1900, Paris, France
France is the smallest emitter of carbon dioxide among the seven most industrialized countries
around the world, due to its heavy investment in nuclear power. A nuclear-technology is well
advanced, and the majority of electricity produced within the country is generated by 59 nuclear-power
(L) Source: University of Texas Libraries (R) Basilica of the Sacred Heart, photographed in July 2008.
The number of foreign tourists was accounts for 81.9 million in 2007. France is ranked as
the first tourist destination in the world, ahead of Spain and United States. France features
cities of high cultural interest, in which Paris being the foremost, beaches and seaside resorts,
ski resorts, and rural regions of rich in green, that many enjoy for their beauty and tranquillity.
(L) Romantic history painting: It commemorates the French revolution of 1830 (July Revolution) on 28 July 1830.
(R) A French army soldier, 175 years after the revolution
(L) Eiffel Tower view of Paris (R) Old houses in front of the Centre Pompidou
Photographed in June 1989
France 2008 Charles de Gaulle Airport Smoking ban in Charles de Gaulle Airport
Quick tour in Paris Paris Metro, PER Paris Rail Terminals
Smoking ban in France Tobacco & Paris
The articles were written in January 2008, last revised in August 2009,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.
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