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France (French: [fʁɑ̃s] ), officially the French Republic (French: République française), is a country primarily located in Western Europe, consisting of metropolitan France and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. France borders Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland, Monaco and Italy to the east, Andorra and Spain to the south, as well as the Netherlands, Suriname and Brazil in the Americas. The country's eighteen integral regions (five of which are situated overseas) span a combined area of 643,801 km2 (248,573 sq mi) and a total population of 67.15 million (as of December 2020). France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and Nice. France, including its overseas territories, has the most time zones of any country, with a total of twelve.

During the Iron Age, what is now metropolitan France was inhabited by the Gauls, a collection of Celtic tribes. The area was annexed by Rome in 51 BC, developing a distinct Gallo-Roman culture that laid the foundation of the French language. The Germanic Franks arrived in 476 and formed the Kingdom of Francia, which became the heartland of the Carolingian Empire. The Treaty of Verdun of 843 partitioned the empire, with West Francia becoming the Kingdom of France in 987.

For much of the High Middle Ages, France was a highly decentralized feudal kingdom in which the authority of the king was barely felt. King Philip Augustus achieved remarkable success in the strengthening of royal power and the expansion of his realm, doubling its size and defeating his rivals. By the end of his reign, France had emerged as the most powerful state in Europe. In the mid-14th century, French monarchs were embroiled in a series of dynastic conflicts with their English counterparts, which lasted over 100 years. Emerging victorious from said conflicts, disputes with Spain and the Holy Roman Empire soon followed during the Renaissance but were ultimately less successful. However, French culture flourished and a global colonial empire was established, which by the 20th century would become the second largest in the world. The second half of the 16th century was dominated by religious civil wars between Catholics and Protestants (Huguenots), which severely weakened the country. But France once again emerged as Europe's dominant cultural, political, and military power in the 17th century under Louis XIV following the Thirty Years' War. An inadequate financial model and inequitable taxation system as well as endless and costly wars to maintain its predominant position, the Seven Years' War and American War of Independence among them, left the heavily indebted kingdom in a precarious situation by the end of the 18th century. The French Revolution in 1789 saw the fall of the absolute monarchy that characterized the Ancien Régime and from its ashes, rose one of modern history's earliest republics, which drafted the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. The declaration expresses the nation's ideals to this day.

Following the revolution, France reached its political and military zenith in the early 19th century under Napoleon Bonaparte, subjugating much of continental Europe and establishing the First French Empire. The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars shaped the course of European and world history. After the collapse of the empire and a relative decline, France endured a tumultuous succession of governments culminating in the establishment of the French Third Republic in 1870 in the midst of the Franco-Prussian War. France was one of the prominent participants of World War I, from which it emerged victorious, and was one of the Allied powers in World War II, but came under occupation by the Axis in 1940. Following liberation in 1944, a Fourth Republic was established and later dissolved in the course of the Algerian War. The Fifth Republic, led by Charles de Gaulle, was formed in 1958 and remains to this day. Algeria and nearly all other French colonies became independent in the 1960s, with most retaining close economic and military connections with France.

France retains its centuries-long status as a global centre of art, science, and philosophy. It hosts the world's fifth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving over 89 million foreign visitors in 2018. France is a developed country with the world's seventh-largest economy by nominal GDP, and the tenth-largest by PPP. In terms of aggregate household wealth, it ranks fourth in the world. France performs well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, and human development. It remains a great power in global affairs, being one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and an official nuclear-weapon state. France is a founding and leading member of the European Union and the Eurozone, and a member of the Group of 7, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and La Francophonie.

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US Embassy in Paris - Embassy Mission Residence - 1992

US Embassy in Paris - Embassy Mission Residence - 1992

The original finding aid described this item as: Format: Slide Architect: L. Visconti, 1842 Property Number: X 5005 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

US Embassy in Paris - Embassy Mission Residence - 1992

US Embassy in Paris - Embassy Mission Residence - 1992

The original finding aid described this item as: Format: Slide Architect: L. Visconti, 1842 Property Number: X 5005 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

US Embassy in Paris - Embassy Mission Residence - 1992

US Embassy in Paris - Embassy Mission Residence - 1992

The original finding aid described this item as: Format: Slide Architect: L. Visconti, 1842 Property Number: X 5005 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

US Embassy in Paris - Embassy Mission Residence - 1992

US Embassy in Paris - Embassy Mission Residence - 1992

The original finding aid described this item as: Format: Slide Architect: L. Visconti, 1842 Property Number: X 5005 Photographs Related to Embassies, Consulates, and Other Overseas Buildings

France, Conrad - State: [Blank] - Year: 1842 - File Number: F174
Bordeaux, Siraphine - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]
France, Thos H - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]
France, William D - State: Missouri - Year: [Blank]
Hilderbrand, France - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]
France, Spencer - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]
France, T S - State: [Blank] - Year: [Blank]
France, Terrell L - State: Missouri - Year: 1862
Mobile and Vicinity. Prepared by Order of Maj. Gen. N. P. Banks; D. C. Houston, Major & Chief Engineer. July 1863. N. F. Hyer, C. E. F. D'Avignon, [and] B. von Reizenstein, Delrs. Photographed by Walter Ogilvie.
Paris, Henry - Age [Blank], Year: 1864 - 2d Regiment US Colored Light Artillery, Misc Cards - United States Colored Troops: Artillery Organizations

Paris, Henry - Age [Blank], Year: 1864 - 2d Regiment US Colored Light ...

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War

Eastern & Central Texas, Prepared by Order of Maj. Gen. N.P. Banks. Major D.C. Houston, Chief of Engineers, Feb. 1864 . . . F. D'Avignon, B. v. Reizenstein, Delns.
Wilson's Arrival at Brest, France

Wilson's Arrival at Brest, France

Local Accession Number: PC 102..Description: Wilson arrives in Brest, France for the Paris Peace Conference...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Unknown..Size: 3.5x5.5..Medium: Print, Sepia..Date: 1918

Luncheon at the Luxembourg Palace

Luncheon at the Luxembourg Palace

Local Accession Number: 299..Description: Luncheon given by the French Senate to President Wilson in the Hall at Luxembourg Palace on January 20, 1919...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Research Library, 20th Cen... More

Luncheon at the Luxembourg Palace

Luncheon at the Luxembourg Palace

Local Accession Number: 299..Description: Luncheon given by the French Senate to President Wilson in the Hall at Luxembourg Palace on January 20, 1919...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Research Library, 20th Cen... More

President Wilson Boarding U.S.S. George Washington

President Wilson Boarding U.S.S. George Washington

Local Accession Number: CTG 00019..Description: President Wilson boarding the U.S.S. George Washington, likely leaving from the Paris Peace Conference...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Potomac Books, Cary T. Gra... More

Wilson on Board U.S.S. George Washington

Wilson on Board U.S.S. George Washington

Local Accession Number: 182 ..Description: President Wilson on the bridge of the U.S.S. George Washington en route to England and Paris for the Peace Conference. .From left to right: Edith Benham (Secretary to ... More

President Wilson and King George V of England

President Wilson and King George V of England

Local Accession Number: CTG 0008..Description: President Wilson and King George V of England, outside of Buckingham Palace...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Cary T. Grayson Collection..Size: 8x10..Medium: Print,... More

The Wilsons in France

The Wilsons in France

Local Accession Number: 180..Description: President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson in Paris, France, pictured with French President Raymond Poincare...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Research Library, 20th Century Fox.... More

Wilson's Arrival at Brest, France

Wilson's Arrival at Brest, France

Local Accession Number: PC 102..Description: Wilson arrives in Brest, France for the Paris Peace Conference...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Unknown..Size: 3.5x5.5..Medium: Print, Sepia..Date: 1918

The Wilsons in France

The Wilsons in France

Local Accession Number: 180..Description: President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson in Paris, France, pictured with French President Raymond Poincare...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Research Library, 20th Century Fox.... More

President Wilson and King George V of England

President Wilson and King George V of England

Local Accession Number: CTG 0008..Description: President Wilson and King George V of England, outside of Buckingham Palace...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Cary T. Grayson Collection..Size: 8x10..Medium: Print,... More

President Wilson and King George V of England

President Wilson and King George V of England

Local Accession Number: CTG 0008..Description: President Wilson and King George V of England, outside of Buckingham Palace...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Cary T. Grayson Collection..Size: 8x10..Medium: Print,... More

The Wilsons in France

The Wilsons in France

Local Accession Number: 180..Description: President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson in Paris, France, pictured with French President Raymond Poincare...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Research Library, 20th Century Fox.... More

Wilson on Board U.S.S. George Washington

Wilson on Board U.S.S. George Washington

Local Accession Number: 182 ..Description: President Wilson on the bridge of the U.S.S. George Washington en route to England and Paris for the Peace Conference. .From left to right: Edith Benham (Secretary to ... More

Wilson on Board U.S.S. George Washington

Wilson on Board U.S.S. George Washington

Local Accession Number: 182 ..Description: President Wilson on the bridge of the U.S.S. George Washington en route to England and Paris for the Peace Conference. .From left to right: Edith Benham (Secretary to ... More

Parisians Greeting Wilson

Parisians Greeting Wilson

Local Accession Number: 170..Description: Parisians and Americans greet Woodrow Wilson in France. Wilson became the first president to leave the United States while in office when he traveled to France in Decem... More

Parisians Greeting Wilson

Parisians Greeting Wilson

Local Accession Number: 170..Description: Parisians and Americans greet Woodrow Wilson in France. Wilson became the first president to leave the United States while in office when he traveled to France in Decem... More

Wilson's Arrival at Brest, France

Wilson's Arrival at Brest, France

Local Accession Number: PC 102..Description: Wilson arrives in Brest, France for the Paris Peace Conference...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Unknown..Size: 3.5x5.5..Medium: Print, Sepia..Date: 1918

Luncheon at the Luxembourg Palace

Luncheon at the Luxembourg Palace

Local Accession Number: 299..Description: Luncheon given by the French Senate to President Wilson in the Hall at Luxembourg Palace on January 20, 1919...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Research Library, 20th Cen... More

President Wilson Boarding U.S.S. George Washington

President Wilson Boarding U.S.S. George Washington

Local Accession Number: CTG 00019..Description: President Wilson boarding the U.S.S. George Washington, likely leaving from the Paris Peace Conference...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Potomac Books, Cary T. Gra... More

Ried, Paris - Age [Blank], Year: 1865 - 2d Regiment US Colored Light Artillery, Misc Cards - United States Colored Troops: Artillery Organizations

Ried, Paris - Age [Blank], Year: 1865 - 2d Regiment US Colored Light A...

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War

President Wilson Boarding U.S.S. George Washington

President Wilson Boarding U.S.S. George Washington

Local Accession Number: CTG 00019..Description: President Wilson boarding the U.S.S. George Washington, likely leaving from the Paris Peace Conference...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Potomac Books, Cary T. Gra... More

Parisians Greeting Wilson

Parisians Greeting Wilson

Local Accession Number: 170..Description: Parisians and Americans greet Woodrow Wilson in France. Wilson became the first president to leave the United States while in office when he traveled to France in Decem... More

Section and Elevation Drawing for the Lighthouse at Dunkirk, New York
Provence, Jasper - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Seventeenth Infantry - West Virginia

Provence, Jasper - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Seventeenth Infantry -...

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War

Who'll bell the cat?

Who'll bell the cat?

This illustration entitled "Who'll Bell the Cat?", by cartoonist Clifford Berryman, which appeared in the Washington Post on July 29, 1898, shows the European powers, with their own designs on expansion, like r... More

Photograph of The Cairolis Brothers - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Photograph of The Cairolis Brothers - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Original caption: French clowns, the Cairolis Brothers, in their box at the Palladium theater in London. Last glance in the mirror before performing for the royal family. Photographic File of the Par... More

Photograph of Ezra Pound - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Photograph of Ezra Pound - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Photographic File of the Paris Bureau of the New York Times

Photograph of Women Gazing at Masked Men - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Photograph of Women Gazing at Masked Men - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Original caption: The women sit in the room unmasked, gazing enviously at the men who greet them through the window on their round of the town. Photographic File of the Paris Bureau of the New York Times

Before Reconstruction of House of Leo Bordeaux (White River) - Bureau of Indian Affairs
President Calvin Coolidge - Bureau of Indian Affairs

President Calvin Coolidge - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Photographic File of the Paris Bureau of the New York Times

Coast Guardsmen Examine a Haul of Whiskey in New York Harbor

Coast Guardsmen Examine a Haul of Whiskey in New York Harbor

Photographic File of the Paris Bureau of the New York Times

Photograph of Friends Arm in Arm at Carnival Time in Mittenwald, Bavaria

Photograph of Friends Arm in Arm at Carnival Time in Mittenwald, Bavar...

Original caption: Friends photographed arm in arm at carnival time in Mittenwald, Bavaria. Photographic File of the Paris Bureau of the New York Times

Photograph of Prohibition Agents Destroying a Bar - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Photograph of Prohibition Agents Destroying a Bar - Bureau of Indian A...

Photographic File of the Paris Bureau of the New York Times

Photograph of the Fratellini Clowns - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Photograph of the Fratellini Clowns - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Original caption: Famous Fratellini clowns bring Christmas joy to Berlin old aged home. Photographic File of the Paris Bureau of the New York Times

Before Reconstruction of House of Ernest Bordeaux - Bureau of Indian Affairs
Photograph of Katherine Hepburn - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Photograph of Katherine Hepburn - Bureau of Indian Affairs

Photographic File of the Paris Bureau of the New York Times

Before Completion of House of Maggie Bordeaux - Bureau of Indian Affairs
Western Oklahoma Railroad, Map of Additional Grounds Required at Ardmore and Provence
Provence, P P - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Seventeenth Infantry, Mi - Ri - Louisiana

Provence, P P - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Seventeenth Infantry, Mi ...

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations

Choctaw Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad Successor by Purchase to the Western Oklahoma Railroad Plat Showing Station Grounds Required at Provence, I.T.
Bordeaux, Ernest I - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Twenty-eighth (Gray's) Infantry, W - Z AND Twenty-eighth (Thomas') Infantry, A - B - Louisiana

Bordeaux, Ernest I - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Twenty-eighth (Gray'...

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations

Marseilles, S - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Twenty-sixth Infantry, Gu - Me - Louisiana

Marseilles, S - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Twenty-sixth Infantry, Gu...

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations

De France, [Blank] - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Eighteenth Infantry, D - F - Louisiana

De France, [Blank] - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Eighteenth Infantry,...

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations

Bordeaux, Thomas D - Age: [Blank], Year: [BLANK] - Mississippi B

Bordeaux, Thomas D - Age: [Blank], Year: [BLANK] - Mississippi B

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations

Bordeaux, R H - Age: [Blank], Year: [BLANK] - Mississippi B

Bordeaux, R H - Age: [Blank], Year: [BLANK] - Mississippi B

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations

France, R D - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - First Cavalry, D-G - Maryland

France, R D - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - First Cavalry, D-G - Maryla...

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations

France, John - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - First Confederate Infantry, F-Ha - Raised Directly by the Confederate Government

France, John - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - First Confederate Infantry...

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations

De France, A J - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Third Infantry, C - D - Louisiana

De France, A J - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Third Infantry, C - D - ...

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations

Plat Showing Extra Right of Way Necessary for Depot & Station Grounds in Provence, Indian Territory
De France, H J - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Third Infantry, C - D - Louisiana

De France, H J - Age [Blank], Year: [Blank] - Third Infantry, C - D - ...

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations

Versailles Peace Conference

Versailles Peace Conference

Local Accession Number: 853..Description: Conference table at the peace conference...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Unknown..Size: 6x9..Medium: Print, Black and White..Date: 1919?

Versailles Peace Conference

Versailles Peace Conference

Local Accession Number: 853..Description: Conference table at the peace conference...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Unknown..Size: 6x9..Medium: Print, Black and White..Date: 1919?

Versailles Peace Conference

Versailles Peace Conference

Local Accession Number: 853..Description: Conference table at the peace conference...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Unknown..Size: 6x9..Medium: Print, Black and White..Date: 1919?

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Local Accession Number: 193..Description: The location in which the peace treaty was signed...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Research Library, 20th Century Fox..Size: 8x10..Medium: Print, Black and White..Date: 1919

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Local Accession Number: 192..Description: The location in which the peace treaty was signed...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Research Library, 20th Century Fox..Size: 8x10..Medium: Print, Black and White..Date: 1919

Interior of Versailles

Interior of Versailles

Local Accession Number: 194..Description: A large crowd gathers to witness the signing of the peace terms...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Research Library, 20th Century Fox..Size: 8x10..Medium: Print, Black an... More

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Local Accession Number: 192..Description: The location in which the peace treaty was signed...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Research Library, 20th Century Fox..Size: 8x10..Medium: Print, Black and White..Date: 1919

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Local Accession Number: 193..Description: The location in which the peace treaty was signed...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Research Library, 20th Century Fox..Size: 8x10..Medium: Print, Black and White..Date: 1919

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Local Accession Number: 192..Description: The location in which the peace treaty was signed...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Research Library, 20th Century Fox..Size: 8x10..Medium: Print, Black and White..Date: 1919

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Local Accession Number: 193..Description: The location in which the peace treaty was signed...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Research Library, 20th Century Fox..Size: 8x10..Medium: Print, Black and White..Date: 1919

Interior of Versailles

Interior of Versailles

Local Accession Number: 194..Description: A large crowd gathers to witness the signing of the peace terms...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Research Library, 20th Century Fox..Size: 8x10..Medium: Print, Black an... More

Interior of Versailles

Interior of Versailles

Local Accession Number: 194..Description: A large crowd gathers to witness the signing of the peace terms...Photographer: Unknown..Source: Research Library, 20th Century Fox..Size: 8x10..Medium: Print, Black an... More

British soldiers ploughing near Arras, France. 2-4-1918
French civilians greeting British soldiers. Mon-en-Chaussee, France
Some of the first Americans to arrive in France. Rouen, France. 6-1-1917
Q.M.A.A.C. Carpenters at work, Calais, France

Q.M.A.A.C. Carpenters at work, Calais, France

British Photographs of World War I

29th division preparing for the attack. Beaumont Hamel, France
Brig.Gen. John Biddle and staff in charge of railroad construction on British Front. Boisleux-au-Mont, France. Colonel Lewis Rand, C. of E., at General Biddle's Left
President and Mrs. Wilson and Other Dignitaries at Longchamp

President and Mrs. Wilson and Other Dignitaries at Longchamp

Local Accession Number: CTG 00025..Description: President and Mrs. Wilson alongside others at the horseraces in Longchamp.. .Photographer: U.S. Signal Corps..Source: Cary T. Grayson Collection..Size: 8x10..Medi... More

[US Participation in World War I, French Battlefields]

[US Participation in World War I, French Battlefields]

[US Participation in World War I, French Battlefields] - [FRA-8342 through FRA-8379]

British Soldiers among the ruins of Tilloy, France

British Soldiers among the ruins of Tilloy, France

British Photographs of World War I

Ruins of Cambrai, France

Ruins of Cambrai, France

British Photographs of World War I

Where British troops broke the Hindenburg line. Queant, France. Arras and Cambrai Area. 9-6-1918
Constructing road in the Somme and Ancre area, France. 1916
British artillery passing through Mailly - Maillet, France
Refugee and her cow, Amiens, France. 3-28-1918

Refugee and her cow, Amiens, France. 3-28-1918

British Photographs of World War I

Scene during the Battle of Arras, France. April 1917
Q.M.A.A.C. Carpenters at work, Calais, France

Q.M.A.A.C. Carpenters at work, Calais, France

British Photographs of World War I

The Lord Mayor of London in France

The Lord Mayor of London in France

British Photographs of World War I

View of Mametz, France, after its capture by the British
American troops in training near Loulle, France; 5/22/1918
British artillery moving to the front. Peronne, France. 2-23-1918
General Pershing Landing at Boulogne, France. Gen. Harbord following Gen. Pershing down gangplank; 6/13/1917
Ruins of Bapaume, France

Ruins of Bapaume, France

British Photographs of World War I

Premier Clemenceau at Cassel. 4-21-1918

Premier Clemenceau at Cassel. 4-21-1918

British Photographs of World War I

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