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Escalier vers le clocher de l'église Saint-Léonard

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A: Eglise Saint-Léonard vue depuis la chaire

by Arnaud Chapin, 30 meters away

Eglise Saint-Léonard vue depuis la chaire

B: The public Garden of Fougeres with a nice view on the Castle of Fougeres 24156x12078 Pixel

by Uwe Koenigsmann, 90 meters away

This 24156x12078 pixel (291 Megapixel) picture was taken from the public garden behind the church ont...

The public Garden of Fougeres with a nice view on the Castle of Fougeres 24156x12078 Pixel

C: The Castle of Fougeres in France from the outside. A summerday in 2011 24156x12078 pixel

by Uwe Koenigsmann, 310 meters away

The beautiful castle of Fougeres in France from the outside on a beautiful summerday in 2011 by Uwe K...

The Castle of Fougeres in France from the outside. A summerday in 2011 24156x12078 pixel

D: 24156x12078 pixels of the castle of Fougeres from the outside at a beautiful summerday in July 2011

by Uwe Koenigsmann, 320 meters away

This 24156x12078 (291 Megapixel) panorama shows the beautiful castle of Fougeres in France from the o...

24156x12078 pixels of the castle of Fougeres from the outside at a beautiful summerday in July 2011

E: Eglise Saint-Sulpice à Fougères

by Arnaud Chapin, 370 meters away

Retrouvez la visite virtuelle de l'église sur Bretagne 360°

Eglise Saint-Sulpice à Fougères

F: Salon Séjour avant déménagement

by Arnaud Chapin, 850 meters away

Salon Séjour avant déménagement

G: Sur le chemin de Cook

by NIEZ GUILLAUME, 20.2 km away

Sur le chemin de Cook

H: Illuminations de Val d'Izé

by Zaellig, 20.7 km away

Illuminations de Val d'Izé

I: Troupeau de Vaches

by Arnaud Chapin, 21.9 km away

Les Vaches et les Antennes: deux voisins, tout les deux au bénéfice des industries; l'une au service ...

Troupeau de Vaches

J: Sur l'étang de Chevré

by Zaellig, 24.6 km away

Sur l'étang de Chevré

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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