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Torrent le Bon Nant

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A: Les Thermes

by Cosson Sébastien, 60 meters away

Les Thermes

B: La cascade de Crespin

by Cosson Sébastien, 290 meters away

La cascade de Crespin

C: La Passerelle des Thermes

by Cosson Sébastien, 290 meters away

La Passerelle des Thermes

D: Le Club House du parc thermal

by Cosson Sébastien, 340 meters away

Le Club House du parc thermal

E: Le square des Thermes

by Cosson Sébastien, 410 meters away

Le square des Thermes

F: Le jardin d'enfants en hiver

by Cosson Sébastien, 570 meters away

Le jardin d'enfants en hiver

G: Kiosque de St Gervais les Bains

by Michel M A L H E R B E., 590 meters away

Kiosque de St Gervais les Bains

H: L'esplanade Marie Paradis en hiver

by Cosson Sébastien, 600 meters away

L'esplanade Marie Paradis en hiver

I: Le marché 03

by Cosson Sébastien, 630 meters away

Le marché 03

J: Le marché 02

by Cosson Sébastien, 650 meters away

Le marché 02

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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