Indian creek, Porquerolles island
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Indian creek, Porquerolles island

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A: Giens peninsula in the Var

Af OLIVIER CHARLOIS, 8.7 km væk

Panoramic view from the Square to Bachagha Boualam Giens

Giens peninsula in the Var

B: Double Tombolo de la Presqu'île de Giens

Af OLIVIER CHARLOIS, 9.4 km væk

Aerial view made ​​for Campéole Eurosurf near Hyeres, here's a unique perspective of the double tombo...

Double Tombolo de la Presqu'île de Giens

D: Eglise Notre-Dame de Consolation

Af Claire Thibeau, 14.3 km væk

L'église Notre-Dame de Consolation à Hyères. L'ancienne chapelle appelée aussi l'Hermitage, a été dét...

Eglise Notre-Dame de Consolation

E: Observatoire du pic des fées - Hyères

Af PEC, 14.6 km væk

L'observatoire du pic des fées à Hyères est accessible grâce à l'association SAHA. Le site de l'assoc...

Observatoire du pic des fées - Hyères

F: La Londe-les-Maures, the port

Af OLIVIER CHARLOIS, 14.9 km væk

La Londe-les-Maures, the port

G: Port Cros national park - the south coast

Af Vincent Vermorel, 15.3 km væk

The National Park of Port-Cros, the first marine national park in Europe, was created in December 196...

Port Cros national park - the south coast

H: Port de Carqueiranne

Af PEC, 15.6 km væk

Carqueiranne is a small commune in the south of France (Provence) and closes of Hyeres. It knows for ...

Port de Carqueiranne

I: Hyères, Avenue du Général de Gaulle

Af Claire Thibeau, 16.4 km væk

Hyères, Avenue du Général de Gaulle

J: Carqueiranne le Canebas

Af PEC, 16.4 km væk

Carqueiranne is a town near Toulon in the south of France in Provence. Le Canebas is a district of Ca...

Carqueiranne le Canebas

Dette panorama blev taget i France

Dette er et overblik over 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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