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Nearby images in France


A: Notre-Dame d'Esperance

by Thomas Krueger, 20 meters away

Completed in 1648, Notre-Dame d'Esperance is a beautiful Provençal Gothic church. Its charm lies in i...

Notre-Dame d'Esperance

B: Place de la Castre, Cannes

by Thomas Krueger, 80 meters away

Place de la Castre, Cannes

C: Rue Felix Faure - Cannes - France

by Mark Fink, 80 meters away

Whether you come for the annual film festival, the sun, the beaches, the food, or people watching, th...

Rue Felix Faure - Cannes - France

D: Cannes Top View

by Valentin Matache, 100 meters away

Cannes Top View

E: Cannes vieu port

by Viden Natzev, 260 meters away

Cannes vieu port

Cannes vieu port

F: Cannes vieu port la place

by Viden Natzev, 310 meters away

Cannes vieu port la place

Cannes vieu port la place

G: Cannes la plage cote vuex port

by Viden Natzev, 430 meters away

Cannes la plage cote vuex port

Cannes la plage cote vuex port

H: Cannes - Yachts at Jetee Albert Edouard

by Ruediger Kottmann, 560 meters away

Cannes - Yachts at Jetee Albert Edouard

I: Notre dame de bon voyage

by Jules, 660 meters away

Située face au Palais des Festivals, c'est l'église centrale de Cannes. Elle contient 600 personnes a...

Notre dame de bon voyage

J: Festival De Cannes

by Thierry Blondeau, 670 meters away

60 ans du festival de cannes, Brad Pitt et Angelina Jolie sur les marches

Festival De Cannes

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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