Why were there five French republics?
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- Official name:
- French Republic
- 66.6 million
- National holiday:
- July 14th, storming the Bastille
France is the largest country in the European Union (EU) and is located in western Europe. With the English Channel, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the mountains of the Pyrenees and the Alps, the country has many natural borders. Neighboring states are Spain and Andorra in the south-west, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium in the east and north, and the small state of Monaco in the south-east. France also includes some overseas territories. At 4807 meters, Mont Blanc in the Alps is the highest mountain in Europe.
Heart of the European Union
After centuries of wars between France and Germany, the two countries have been close friends since the middle of the last century. They are said to be the backbone of the European Union. Both countries have been involved in European unification from the start. There is a democratically elected parliament in the Republic of France. The popularly elected president has a lot of power. This is why France is also known as “presidential democracy”.
French as the world language
French is spoken not only in France, parts of Belgium and Switzerland, but also in many countries in Africa and the Caribbean, in other words in countries that were once French colonies.
Paris is the seat of government, but also famous for its museums, fashion houses and buildings, such as the Eiffel Tower, which is over 300 meters high. It weighs over ten thousand tons and if you want to go up on foot, you have to climb 1,666 steps. It goes all the way to the top for the seven million visitors who want to see this technical marvel every year, but today only by elevator.
Other world-famous landmarks of the city are the triumphal arch, "Arc de Triomphe", the boulevard Champs-Élysées with its expensive shops and cafes, the Louvre museum, the Notre Dame cathedral and much more. Unfortunately, after the big fire in 2019, it is currently not possible to enter Notre Dame. But hopefully it will soon be as beautiful as it was before the fire.
Worth a trip
France is a very popular holiday destination in Germany and around the world, also because of its beautiful, diverse landscapes. You just have to decide what you want to experience: canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, swimming in the Mediterranean or would rather enjoy the rough Atlantic coast, look at old cities, castles and monasteries, walk through small alleys or ride a bike ... There is a lot to do discover!
French cuisine is known all over the world. French wine and cheese are internationally recognized and are also very popular in Germany. Do you know crepes? These are wafer-thin pancakes, which in France are served with sugar or jam, but also hearty with cheese, ham and tomatoes. You will definitely find a French product in the bakery around the corner: baguettes. The long, thin breads taste best when they are still fresh.
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