France Facts

France Facts

France, known officially as the French Republic, is a unitary sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. See the fact file below for more information about France.

Capital
Paris

Population
59,551,227 (July 2001 est.)

Area
547,030 sq km, slightly less than twice the size of Colorado

Government
Republic

Money
French franc (FRF); euro (EUR)

Climate
Generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral

Languages
French 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)