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A: Chalet de la Porte Jaune

by Alexandre Duret-Lutz, 410 meters away

Le Chalet de la Porte Jaune is a meeting place on the Minimes island in Bois de Vincennes, Paris, Fra...

Chalet de la Porte Jaune

B: Smoke in Chalet de la Porte Jaune

by Alexandre Duret-Lutz, 420 meters away

A handheld panorama in the smoke of a night at Chalet de la Porte Jaune in Bois de Vincennes (Paris, ...

Smoke in Chalet de la Porte Jaune

C: Esplanade Du Dinh

by Alexandre Duret-Lutz, 450 meters away

A unusual scenery hidden in the far east of Paris.  This is located in an old parc that hosted a coli...

Esplanade Du Dinh

D: Esplanade du Dinh

by Alexandre Duret-Lutz, 450 meters away

A unusual scenery hidden in the far east of Paris.  This is located in an old parc that hosted a coli...

Esplanade du Dinh

E: Monument aux Morts Cambodgiens et Laotiens

by Alexandre Duret-Lutz, 510 meters away

A monument erected in memory of Combodian and Laotian soldiers, hidden in the far east of Paris' east...

Monument aux Morts Cambodgiens et Laotiens

F: Parc Floral

by Роман Осташ, 1.4 km away

Parc Floral

G: Dsc4176 Panorama

by Роман Осташ, 1.4 km away

Dsc4176 Panorama

H: Parc Floral de Paris (valley of flowers)

by Franck Masschelein, 1.4 km away

This is a view on the valley of flowers of the Parc Floral de Paris. The shot was taken in november 2...

Parc Floral de Paris (valley of flowers)

I: Parc Floral Paris

by Роман Осташ, 1.4 km away

Parc Floral Paris

J: Fort de Vincennes

by Роман Осташ, 2.0 km away

Fort de Vincennes

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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