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Bessans place de la mairie

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Bessans summer charming little mountain village offering a winter of skiing, but also an area of great skiing, with nearly 80 kilometers of cross-country ski trail

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A: Bessans roof of the hall Maurienne Savoie Alps

by Stephane Craffe, less than 10 meters away

View from the roof of the hall Bessans summer charming little mountain village offering a winter of s...

Bessans roof of the hall Maurienne Savoie Alps

B: Bessans View of the Church

by Stephane Craffe, 110 meters away

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Bessans View of the Church

C: Bessans Tourist Office

by Stephane Craffe, 130 meters away

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Bessans Tourist Office

D: Patinoire de Nuit Bessans

by Lionel TISSOT-BEZ, 140 meters away

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E: Patinoire naturelle de Bessans 18h

by Lionel TISSOT-BEZ, 170 meters away

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F: Bessans Ski Area Alpine Snowpark

by Stephane Craffe, 540 meters away

A young open jump, cool ! Bessans, jewel of the Haute-Maurienne, mountain village grouped around its ...

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G: Bessans Aerial Panoramas

by Lionel TISSOT-BEZ, 660 meters away

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Bessans Aerial Panoramas

H: Bessans Espace Nordique

by Stephane Craffe, 700 meters away

An area of 80 km of trails for both classic and skating 1750 m above sea level with exceptional snow ...

Bessans Espace Nordique

I: Bessans Rock Climbing

by Stephane Craffe, 760 meters away

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Bessans Rock Climbing

J: Bessans Nordic Ski Race

by Stephane Craffe, 810 meters away

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Bessans Nordic Ski Race

This panorama was taken in Maurienne valley, Savoy Alps, 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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