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A: Garden in Langatte, France

by robin_hesse, 6.5 km away

A garden in the town of Langatte, France.

Garden in Langatte, France

B: Lock of Rechicourt

by Martin Hertel, 17.5 km away

The lock of Rechicourt near the small village of Rechicourt le Chateau is part of the Rhine-Marne-can...

Lock of Rechicourt

C: Saint-Louis-Arzviller, Boat Lift, Plan Incliné, Ground View 1

by Carsten T. Rees, 18.7 km away

On the boat lift of Saint-Louis-Arzviller a ship enters a caisson (a large trough 41.50 meters in len...

Saint-Louis-Arzviller, Boat Lift, Plan Incliné, Ground View 1

D: Saint-Louis-Arzviller, Boat Lift, Plan Incliné, Pole View 1

by Carsten T. Rees, 18.7 km away

On the boat lift of Saint-Louis-Arzviller a ship enters a caisson (a large trough 41.50 meters in len...

Saint-Louis-Arzviller, Boat Lift, Plan Incliné, Pole View 1

E: Saint-Louis-Arzviller, Boat Lift, Plan Incliné, Pole View 2

by Carsten T. Rees, 18.7 km away

On the boat lift of Saint-Louis-Arzviller a ship enters a caisson (a large trough 41.50 meters in len...

Saint-Louis-Arzviller, Boat Lift, Plan Incliné, Pole View 2

F: Saint Louis / Arzviller inclined plane

by Martin Hertel, 18.7 km away

The Saint Louis / Arzviller inclined plane is part of the Marne-Rhine-canal and allows a vertical mov...

Saint Louis / Arzviller inclined plane

G: Graufthal, Rock Houses, Les Maisons Troglodytes

by Carsten T. Rees, 20.2 km away

From far you can see the red sandstone rocks of Graufthal. Here the sandstone is made up from layers ...

Graufthal, Rock Houses, Les Maisons Troglodytes

H: La Petite-Pierre, Lützelstein, Castle Lützelstein, Courtyard

by Carsten T. Rees, 23.3 km away

Castle Lützelstein was erected in the 12th century. It is located above an important pass road betwee...

La Petite-Pierre, Lützelstein, Castle Lützelstein, Courtyard

I: La Petite-Pierre, Lützelstein, Castle Lützelstein

by Carsten T. Rees, 23.3 km away

Castle Lützelstein was erected in the 12th century. It is located above an important pass road betwee...

La Petite-Pierre, Lützelstein, Castle Lützelstein

J: La Petite-Pierre, Lützelstein, Church and Village Centre

by Carsten T. Rees, 23.4 km away

La Petite-Pierre is a little village in the French Departement Bas-Rhin that is part of the region Al...

La Petite-Pierre, Lützelstein, Church and Village Centre

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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