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A: Sommet de la station le Sambuy

by EdouardAS, 9.0 km away

Jolie panorama sur le lac d'Anneçy, le massif des Aravis et du mont Blanc

Sommet de la station le Sambuy

B: Mt Charvix Half Way

by Alexander Ruttgers, 15.3 km away

The start of the Klettersteig on 1800 meter.

Mt Charvix Half Way

C: Mt Charvin 2100m

by Alexander Ruttgers, 15.4 km away

Mt Charvin 2100m

D: Refuge De L Arpettaz

by Alexander Ruttgers, 15.6 km away

A nice,cold Coke after a 6 hour climb is soooooo refreshing . . . .This refuge serves local produced ...

Refuge De L Arpettaz

E: Arclusaz's tooth

by Guillaume Degravel, 17.1 km away

Sommet de la dent d'Arclusaz

Arclusaz's tooth

F: Potat's farm

by Guillaume Degravel, 18.4 km away

Vue depuis les champs en dessous de la ferme du Potat.

Potat's farm

G: Col de la Forclaz - Déco Parapente

by EdouardAS, 19.6 km away

Col de la Forclaz - Déco Parapente

H: panorama from Mont Caron

by Michel Weinachter, 20.3 km away

panorama from Mont Caron

I: Le Col du Frene - Savoie - By Flyprod

by Flyprod.aerial - Franck Marchand Maillet, 20.9 km away

Le Col du Frêne se situe en Rhone-Alpes et fait partie du Alpes. Depuis Ecole, la Col du Frêne est lo...

Le Col du Frene - Savoie -  By Flyprod

J: The lake of Annecy from Duingt

by Hubert Pawlowski, 22.5 km away

The lake of Annecy from Duingt

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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