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Gateway courthouse

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

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A: Pont Du Palais De Justice

by Vincent Bosson, 20 meters away

Bridge of Palais de Justice in Lyon

Pont Du Palais De Justice

B: Quai de Saone

by Vincent Bosson, 110 meters away

Quai de Saone

C: Archaeologic garden

by Vincent Bosson, 190 meters away

Archaeologic garden in the vieux Lyon

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D: Primatiale Saint Jean De Lyon Cathedral

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E: Le Bistrot De Lyon

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F: Cathédrale St Jean Inside

by Vincent Bosson, 230 meters away

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Cathédrale St Jean Inside

G: Theatre Des Celestins

by Vincent Bosson, 230 meters away

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H: Bonaparte bridge in Lyon

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I: Maison Des Avocats

by Vincent Bosson, 240 meters away

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J: Place Neuve St Jean

by Vincent Bosson, 270 meters away

Place Neuve St Jean, Lyon

Place Neuve St Jean

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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