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View to Port of Fontvieille, Monaco

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A: Monaco Cathedral

by Richard Weston. Weston Digital Imaging, 80 meters away

Monaco Cathedral

B: Place Palais Monaco

by Thierry Blondeau, 140 meters away

Place du Palais de Monaco

Place Palais Monaco

C: Palacio de los Grimaldi, Monaco

by Andrew Bodrov, 140 meters away

Palacio de los Grimaldi, Monaco

D: View to Port of Fontvieille, Monaco

by Andrew Bodrov, 150 meters away

View to Port of Fontvieille, Monaco

E: Francis Grimaldi statue, Monaco

by Andrew Bodrov, 160 meters away

Francis Grimaldi statue, Monaco

F: Port and Palace of Monaco

by Thierry Blondeau, 160 meters away

Port et Palais de Monaco

Port and Palace of Monaco

G: Palais de Monaco

by Thierry Blondeau, 170 meters away

Palais de Monaco

Palais de Monaco

H: Monaco attractions

by Andrew Bodrov, 300 meters away

Monaco attractions

This panorama was taken in Monaco, 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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