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Marquis Philipppe
Cabine2
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Pic Du Cabaliros
Vincent Vermorel
Lagües lake (2031 m)
Nicolas Bernard
Lac de la Fache
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Lac de la Fache
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Col de la Fache
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Pic de la Grande Fache
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Gran Facha
Lademanda manda
BACHIMALA 3005
Lademanda manda
EMBALSE DE PECICO
Viden Natzev
Sezos dans les Pyrenees
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Pyrenees - Vazos coute Luz Saint Saveur
T. Emrich
Cave Baredine, the big chamber
Hans Molenkamp
Porat Dalmatia
Rafael DeVill
First glimps of Oberwalder hutte
Vasilis Triantafyllou
Averof Ship Athens 3
Zaellig
Champ de fleurs mauves
Michele Volpicella
Venezia Incredible Fish Market
Michael Pop
Radio Kiss FM Bucharest
Richard Chesher
Dumbea River Crossing New Caledonia
Rafael DeVill
Stone garden in Hohe Tauern
Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com
Amasra3 black sea turkey
dieter kik
es gruent so gruen..............
Flemming V. Larsen
Grenen -The Top of Denmark
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Guggenheim
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Sarabe valley
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Pic de Bataillence
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Pasai Donibane
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Place de la Bourse
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Sunflowers in Dordogne
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shepherd's bush market
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Sokoa
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More About 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.