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France's Information

Flag of France
Land Area 640,427 km2
Water Area 3,374 km2
Total Area 643,801km2 (#42)
Population 66,836,154 (#21)
Population Density 104.36/km2
Government Type Semi-presidential Republic
GDP (PPP) $2,700.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $42,400
Currency Euro (EUR)
Largest Cities
People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.


  • Marcel Achard playwright and scriptwriter
  • Isabelle Adjani actress, singer
  • Annabella actress
  • Marie Antoinette former queen of france
  • Jeanne d'Arc (joan of arc)
  • Bernard Arnault entrepreneur
  • Claude Autant-Lara film director
  • Josephine Baker entertainer
  • Honore de Balzac realist author
  • Brigitte Bardot actress
  • Harry Baur actor
  • Raymond Barre economist, politician
  • Jane Bathori opera singer
  • Simone de Beauvoir author, feminist, philosopher
  • Jean-Paul Belmondo actor
  • Cyrano de Bergerac author
  • Henri-Louis Bergson philosopher, nobel laureate
  • Sarah Bernhardt actress
  • Jules Berry actor
  • Marcellin Berthelot chemist, politician
  • Luc Besson film producer
  • Liliane Bettencourt cosmetics
  • Marcel Bich founder bic pens
  • Juliette Binoche actress
  • Georges Bizet composer of carmen
  • Pierre Blanchar actor
  • Jean-Pierre Blanchard inventor, aviation pioneer
  • Louis Bleriot inventor, engineer, aviator
  • Napoleon Bonaparte general, first republic president
  • Etienne-Louis Boullee architect
  • Carole Bouquet actress
  • Andre Bourvil actor, singer
  • Charles Boyer actor
  • Louis Braille inventor
  • Pierre Brasseur actor, director
  • Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza congo explorer
  • Ettore Bugatti automobile manufacturer
  • Pierre Cardin fashion designer
  • Marcel Carne film director
  • Laetitia Casta model, actress
  • Louis Ferdinand Celine 20th century author
  • Paul Cezzane painter
  • Coco Chanel fashion designer
  • Charlemagne monarch
  • Jacques Chirac president, 1995 - 2007
  • Jean-Loup Chretien astronaut
  • Andre Citroen automobile manufacturer
  • Colette 20th century author
  • Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot artist
  • Pierre de Coubertin founder modern olympics
  • Gustave Courbet painter
  • Jacques Cousteau oceanographer
  • Jean-Loup Chretien astronaut
  • Marie and Pierre Curie scientists
  • Dalida singer
  • Danielle Darrieux actress, singer
  • Gerard Debreu economist
  • Claude-Archille Debussy composer
  • Eugene Delacroix painter
  • Marquis de la Fayette military leader
  • Charles de Gaulle general, former president
  • Alphonse de Lamartine poet
  • Cavalier de la Salle explorer
  • Guillaume Delisle cartographer
  • Alain Delon actor, fashion designer
  • Julie Delpy actress
  • Catherine Deneuve actress
  • Gerard Depardieu actor
  • Rene Descartes scientist and philosopher
  • Boris Diaw nba basketball player
  • Denis Diderot philosopher, writer
  • Rudolf Diesel engineer, inventor of diesel engine
  • Christian Dior fashion designer
  • Gerard Louis-Dreyfus agriculture commodities
  • Alain Ducasse chef
  • Paul Dukas composer of the sorcerer's apprentice
  • Alexandre Dumas author
  • E. I. du Pont de Nemours founder of du Pont
  • Julien Duvivier dilm director

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This page was last updated on July 10, 2020.

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One of the major industries in France is the energy sector. Manufacturing is also among the largest industries in France, accounting for billions of dollars in the country's GDP.

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What Do the Colors of the French Flag Mean?

Red, white and blue have come to represent liberty, equality and fraternity - the ideals of the French Revolution. Blue and red are also the time-honored colors of Paris, while white is the color of the Royal House of Bourbon.

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How Did Paris Get Its Name?

Paris is named after Parisii tribe that inhabited the region from the mid-third century BC.

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What is a Puppet Government?

A "puppet state" is a government that has little will of its own, as it needs financial backing or military support. Thus, it acts an a subordinate to another power in exchange for its own survival. The puppet government still holds its own facade of an identity, perpetuated by retaining its own flag, name, national anthem, law, and constitution. However, these type of governments are not considered as legitimate according to international law.

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Where the World's Most Visited Countries?

France receives more visitors than any other country in the world, with an average of 82 million visitors per year. Tied for second place is the United States and SPain, each with 75.6 million visitors.

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France metropolitan regions & their capitals

Region Capital Quick Reference
Alsace Strasbourg Alsace
Aquitaine Bordeaux Aquitaine
Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne
Brittany Rennes Brittany
Burgundy Dijon Burgundy
Centre-Val de Loire Orleans Centre-Val de Loire
Champagne-Ardenne Chalons-en-Champagne Champagne-Ardenne
Corsica Ajaccio Corsica
Franche-Comte Besancon Franche-Comte
Ile-de-France Paris Ile-de-France
Languedoc-Roussillon Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon
Limousin Limoges Limousin
Lorraine Metz Lorraine
Lower Normandy Caen Lower Normandy
Midi-Pyrenees Toulouse Midi-Pyrenees
Nord-Pas-de-Calais Lille Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Pays-de-la-Loire Nantes Pays-de-la-Loire
Picardy Amiens Picardy
Poitou-Charentes Poitiers Poitou-Charentes
Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur Marseille Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur
Rhone-Alpes Lyon Rhone-Alpes
Upper Normandy Rouen Upper Normandy

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