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cimetière militaire britannique, soldats tomber durant la première guerre mondiale 14-18 à Loos En Gohelle dans le nord pas de calais

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A: terril le plus haut d’Europe

by pokker julien, 2.2 km away

le terril de loos en gohelle dans le nord pas de calais est le plus haut d europe avec une hauteur de...

terril le plus haut d’Europe

B: tower water

by pokker julien, 7.9 km away

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C: canadian-national-vimy-memoria-4

by pokker julien, 8.2 km away

le memorial canadien situer a vimy dans le nord pas de calais rend hommage aux soldats canadien mort ...

canadian-national-vimy-memoria-4

D: canadian-national-vimy-memoria-3

by pokker julien, 8.2 km away

 le memorial canadien situer a vimy dans le nord pas de calais rend hommage aux soldats canadien mort...

canadian-national-vimy-memoria-3

E: Canadian National Vimy Memoria 2

by pokker julien, 8.2 km away

 le memorial canadien situer a vimy dans le nord pas de calais rend hommage aux soldats canadien mort...

Canadian National Vimy Memoria 2

F: Canadian National Vimy Memorial

by pokker julien, 8.3 km away

 le memorial canadien situer a vimy dans le nord pas de calais rend hommage aux soldats canadien mort...

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G: Coal tip of Henin-Beaumont (#1)

by Franck Masschelein, 13.2 km away

This is a view on the coal tip of Henin-Beaumont, near Noyelles-Godault, Dourges. The shot was taken ...

Coal tip of Henin-Beaumont (#1)

H: Coal tip of Henin-Beaumont (#2)

by Franck Masschelein, 13.2 km away

This is a view on the coal tip of Henin-Beaumont, near Noyelles-Godault, Dourges. The shot was taken ...

Coal tip of Henin-Beaumont (#2)

I: Le Parc du Chevalier 1/2

by pokker julien, 16.6 km away

situer dans le nord pas de calais le parc du chevalier accueille tous les ans le spectacle "histoire ...

Le Parc du Chevalier 1/2

J: Le Parc du Chevalier 2/2

by pokker julien, 16.6 km away

situer dans le nord pas de calais le parc du chevalier acceuille tout les ans  le spectacle "histoire...

Le Parc du Chevalier 2/2

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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