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La gare de Notre-Dame de Commiers du Chemin de Fer de La Mure

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C: Col de l'Arc close to Pic St Michel on the edge of the Vercors

Par Andy Bryant, A 10.8 km

Col de l'Arc at 1,736m just below Pic St-Michel at 1,966m overlooks Grenoble to the East and the Verc...

Col de l'Arc close to Pic St Michel on the edge of the Vercors

D: Top of Serre de l'Horizon - 1950m - Alps

Par Jacques Rochet, A 10.8 km

The top of Serre de l'Horizon, near the Sénépi at the south of Grenoble, 1950m.

Top of Serre de l'Horizon - 1950m - Alps

F: La gare de La Mure

Par Olivier Joseph, A 12.5 km

La gare de La Mure

G: Le Tabor, 2389 m

Par Jacques Rochet, A 12.8 km

Le Tabor is a summit in the department of Isère, in the French Alps.The summit is in the massif of Ta...

Le Tabor, 2389 m

H: Barracks at the Fort de Comboire

Par Andy Bryant, A 14.6 km

Construction of the Fort de Comboire began in 1882, above the town of Claix, defending the approach t...

Barracks at the Fort de Comboire

I: Toilets at the Fort de Comboire

Par Andy Bryant, A 14.6 km

Construction of the Fort de Comboire began in 1882, above the town of Claix, defending the approach t...

Toilets at the Fort de Comboire

J: Fort de Comboire corridor

Par Andy Bryant, A 14.6 km

Construction of the Fort de Comboire began in 1882, above the town of Claix, defending the approach t...

Fort de Comboire corridor

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Ceci est un aperçu de 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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