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Aliases: French Republic, Republique francaise

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Attribute Value
Geography
Area 643,801 km²
Continent Europe
Land area 640,427 km²
Water area 3,374 km²
Land boundaries Add
Border countries
  • Andorra
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
Coastline 4,853 km
Mean elevation 375 m
Lowest point -2 m
Highest point 4,810 m
People
Population 67,848,156
Official languages
  • French
Religion Christian
Government
Long country name French Republic
Short country name France
Long local name Republique francaise
Short local name France
Former name Add
Government type Semi-presidential republic
Capital Paris
Economy
GDP (PPP) 2,856,000,000,000 USD
GDP (OER) 2,588,000,000,000 USD
GDP (real growth rate) 2.3 %
GDP - per capita (PPP) 44,100 USD
Gross national saving 22.9 % of GDP
Labor force 30,680,000
Unemployment rate 9.4 %
Population below poverty line 14.2 %
Budget revenues 1,392,000,000,000 USD
Budget expenditures 1,459,000,000,000 USD
Military expenditures 1.84 % of GDP
Taxes and other revenues 53.8 % of GDP
Budget surplus or deficit -2.6 % of GDP
Public debt 96.8 % of GDP
Inflation rate 1.2 %
Central bank discount rate 0 %
Commercial bank prime lending rate 1.29 %
Stock of narrow money 1,465,000,000,000 USD
Stock of broad money 1,465,000,000,000 USD
Stock of domestic credit 4,334,000,000,000 USD
Market value of publicly traded shares 1,591,000,000,000 USD
Current account balance -14,830,000,000 USD
Exports 549,900,000,000 USD
Imports 601,700,000,000 USD
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold 156,400,000,000 USD
External debt 5,360,000,000,000 USD
National currency euros
National currency (code) EUR
National currency (symbol)
National currency rate to USD 0.885

France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-7, the G-20, the EU, and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing DE GAULLE's 1966 decision to withdraw French forces from NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.

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