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Grande rue d'Orgelet et vue sur la façade de la chapelle du couvent des Bernardines

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B: Stèle de Cadet Roussel à Orgelet

by François Bonneville, 100 meters away

Stèle de Cadet Roussel à Orgelet

C: Hotel Babey

by François Bonneville, 130 meters away

Hotel Babey

D: Rue de la République à Orgelet

by François Bonneville, 160 meters away

Rue de la République à Orgelet

E: La grenette (Orgelet, Jura, France)

by François Bonneville, 160 meters away

La grenette (Orgelet, Jura, France)

F: Place du Bourg de Merlia, Orgelet, Jura, France

by François Bonneville, 190 meters away

Place du Bourg de Merlia, Orgelet, Jura, France

G: Place des Déportés, Orgelet, Jura

by François Bonneville, 250 meters away

Place des Déportés, Orgelet, Jura

H: Place de l'eglise, Orgelet (Jura, France)

by François Bonneville, 300 meters away

Place de l'eglise, Orgelet (Jura, France)

I: Stalles dans le choeur de l'église d'Orgelet (Jura)

by François Bonneville, 310 meters away

Stalles dans le choeur de l'église d'Orgelet (Jura)

J: Place au vin, Orgelet (Jura, France)

by François Bonneville, 310 meters away

Place au vin, Orgelet (Jura, France)

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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