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France's Quick Facts

Land Area 640,427 km2
Water Area 3,374 km2
Total Area 643,801 km2
Population 66,836,154
Population Density 103.81 / km2
Government Type Semi-Presidential Republic
GDP (PPP) $2.70 Trillion
GDP Per Capita $42,400
Currency Euro (EUR)
Largest Cities
  • Paris (2,138,551)
  • Marseille (794,811)
  • Lyon (472,317)
  • Toulouse (433,055)
  • Nice (338,620)
  • Nantes (277,269)
  • Strasbourg (274,845)
  • Montpellier (248,252)
  • Bordeaux (231,844)
  • Lille (228,328)
France Flag:
Flag of France

The French flag - the tricolore - consists of three vertical bands of equal width, displaying the country's national colors: blue, white and red. The blue band is positioned nearest the flag-staff, the white in the middle, and the red on the outside.

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France Coat of Arms:
Coat of Arms France

The current emblem of France has been a symbol of France since 1953, although it does not have any legal status as an official coat of arms. It is printed on the cover of French passports and was adopted originally by the French Foreign Ministry as a symbol for use by diplomatic and consular missions during 1912. It is considered an emblem rather than a coat of arms, since it does not respect heraldic rules.

The emblem consists of a wide shield with, on the one end a lion-head and on the other an eagle-head, bearing a monogram "RF" standing for Republique Francaise (French Republic). A laurel branch symbolizes victory of the Republic, the oak branch symbolizes perennity or wisdom, and the fasces is a symbol associated with justice (the bundle of rods and an axe, carried by Roman lictors).

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