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A: kiosque à chartres

od Marc Sans, 140 meters away

kiosque à chartres

C: Parc André Gagnon pelouse

od Marc Sans, 160 meters away

Parc André Gagnon pelouse

D: Parc André Gagnon

od Marc Sans, 170 meters away

Parc André Gagnon

E: tribunal

od Marc Sans, 170 meters away

tribunal

F: place chatelet: memoire aux enfants

od Marc Sans, 180 meters away

place chatelet: memoire aux enfants

G: Parc André Gagnon

od Marc Sans, 190 meters away

Parc André Gagnon

H: place chatelet, accés pieton du parking

od Marc Sans, 210 meters away

place chatelet, accés pieton du parking

I: place chatelet

od Marc Sans, 230 meters away

Chartres samedi 7 decembre 2013 la place Chatelet est devenue l'esplanade Nelson Mandela.

place chatelet

J: Chartres Cathedral

od Alexandr Danilov, 260 meters away

Chartres Cathedral

This panorama was taken in France

This is an overview of France

France is affectionately referred to as "the Hexagon" for its overall shape.

French history goes back to the Gauls, a Celtic tribe which inhabited the area circa 300BC until being conquered by Julius Caesar.

The Franks were the first tribe to adopt Catholic Christianity after the Roman Empire collapsed. France became an independent location in the Treaty of Verdun in (843 AD), which divided up Charlemagne's Carolingian Empire into several portions.

The French monarchy reached its zenith during the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, who stood for seventy-two years as the Monarch of all Monarchs. His palace of Versailles and its Hall of Mirrors are a splendid treasure-trove of Baroque art.

The French Revolution ended the rule of the monarchy with the motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!" On July 14th, 1789 angry mobs stormed La Bastille prison and began the Revolution in which Louis XVI, his wife Marie-Antoinette and thousands of others met the guillotine.

One decade after the revolution, Napolean Bonaparte seized control of the Republic and named himself Emperor. His armies conquered most of Europe and his Napoleonic Code became a lasting legal foundation for concepts of personal status and property.

During the period of colonization France controlled the largest empire in the world, second only to Britain.

France is one of the founding members of the European Union and the United Nations, as well as one of the nuclear armed nations of the world.

Text by Steve Smith.

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