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Although ultimately a victor in World Wars I and II, France suffered extensive losses in its empire, wealth, manpower, and rank as a dominant nation-state. Nevertheless, France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations.

Location: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain.

Capital city: Paris
Population: 60,876,136 - metropolital France (July 20076 est.) 
63,718,187 - total


Gross domestic production (GDP) growth: 1.8% (2007 est.)
GDP per capita: $33,800 (2007 est.)

 

GDP composition by:

Agriculture: 2%

 

Industry: 20.7%

 

Services: 77.3% (2007 est.)

 

Surface area:

Land use:

Total: 547,030 sq km

Arable land: 33.46%

Land: 545,630 sq km

Permanent crops: 2.03%

Water: 1,400 sq km

Other: 64.51% (2005)

(note: Surface area incl only metropolitan France; excl overseas administrative divisions)

 
Information source: CIA World Factbook

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