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Passerelle Du College

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A: Lafayette bridge

by Vincent Bosson, 200 meters away

Lafayette bridge in Lyon

Lafayette bridge

B: Place Du Marechal Lyautey

by Vincent Bosson, 360 meters away

Light festival in Lyon8th oh decembre

Place Du Marechal Lyautey

C: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lyon

by Galliez Stephane, 370 meters away

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lyon

D: Opera of Lyon

by Vincent Bosson, 440 meters away

Opéra de Lyon, France

Opera of Lyon

E: Place Des Terreaux

by Vincent Bosson, 620 meters away

Place des Terreaux, Lyon, France

Place Des Terreaux

G: Le Bistrot De Lyon

by Vincent Bosson, 730 meters away

Pedestrian street and restaurants in Lyon

Le Bistrot De Lyon

H: Pont Du Palais De Justice

by Vincent Bosson, 930 meters away

Bridge of Palais de Justice in Lyon

Pont Du Palais De Justice

I: Gateway courthouse

by Galliez Stephane, 950 meters away

Here's the?Gateway courthouse which crosses Saone river in Lyon by night.

Gateway courthouse

J: Theatre Des Celestins

by Vincent Bosson, 950 meters away

Theartre des Celestins in lyon

Theatre Des Celestins

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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