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Le château de Grimaud, vue sur la baie de Saint-Tropez

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A: The village of Grimaud in the south of France

Af OLIVIER CHARLOIS, 20 meter væk

 A medieval village at the seasideGrimaud spreads the foot of the ruins of the castle is a maze of co...

The village of Grimaud in the south of France

B: La rue du porche, Grimaud

Af Roberto Scavino, 160 meter væk

La rue du porche, Grimaud

C: A Pool - Gassin

Af Antoine DUPRÉ, 8.2 km væk

A Pool - Gassin

D: Le port de Saint Tropez

Af Viden Natzev, 9.3 km væk

Le port de Saint Tropez Viden Natzev, elabdesign, panophotographe

Le port de Saint Tropez

E: Le port de Saint Tropez 2

Af Viden Natzev, 9.4 km væk

Le port de Saint Tropez

Le port de Saint Tropez 2

F: Le port de Saint Tropez 3

Af Viden Natzev, 9.4 km væk

Le port de Saint Tropez

Le port de Saint Tropez 3

G: Saint-Tropez, les bateaux des pécheurs

Af Roberto Scavino, 9.5 km væk

Saint-Tropez, les bateaux des pécheurs

H: Le port de Saint-Tropez, vue du quai du port

Af Roberto Scavino, 9.5 km væk

Le port de Saint-Tropez, vue du quai du port

I: Bateaux dans le port de Saint-Tropez

Af Roberto Scavino, 9.5 km væk

Bateaux dans le port de Saint-Tropez

J: St Tropez bay

Af Stephan Schaefholz, 9.5 km væk

Saint-Tropez (Sant Tropetz in Occitan) is a town, 104 km to the east of Marseille, in the Var departm...

St Tropez bay

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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