Bassin de l'Octogone - Parc de Sceaux
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Bassin de l'Octogone - Parc de Sceaux

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The Bassin de l'Octogone in Parc de Sceaux, obviously takes its name from its octogonal shape.

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A: Deer statue at Parc de Sceaux

by Alexandre Duret-Lutz, 170 meters away

A deer statue near Bassin de l'Octogone in Parc de Sceaux.

Deer statue at Parc de Sceaux

B: Grandes Cascades du Parc De Sceaux

by Alexandre Duret-Lutz, 210 meters away

A view from above the Grande Cascades ("Great Waterfalls") of Parc de Sceaux.

Grandes Cascades du Parc De Sceaux

C: Parc de Seaux

by Роман Осташ, 210 meters away

Parc de Seaux

D: Daffodils at Parc de Sceaux

by Alexandre Duret-Lutz, 220 meters away

A daffodil field in Parc de Sceaux (south of Paris).

Daffodils at Parc de Sceaux

E: Sceux

by Роман Осташ, 420 meters away

Sceux

F: Tank at Bourg-la-Reine

by Alexandre Duret-Lutz, 1.2 km away

This American M4A4 Sherman tank is a tribute to the division Leclerc, which freed Bourg-la-Reine on 1...

Tank at Bourg-la-Reine

G: Parc départemental de la roseraie de l'Haÿ-les-roses

by Alexandre Duret-Lutz, 2.3 km away

A statue erected in the middle of a circle of tree, in the departemental park of L'Haÿ-Les-Roses.

Parc départemental de la roseraie de l'Haÿ-les-roses

H: Aqueduc de la Vanne

by Alexandre Duret-Lutz, 4.0 km away

This monumental bridge is in fact two aqueducts, one on top of the other.  The bottom one (running at...

Aqueduc de la Vanne

I: Aqueduc de la Vanne, depuis rue Raspail

by Alexandre Duret-Lutz, 4.0 km away

This monumental bridge is in fact two aqueducts, one on top of the other.  The bottom one (running at...

Aqueduc de la Vanne, depuis rue Raspail

J: Meudon la forêt

by EdouardAS, 5.7 km away

Meudon la forêt

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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