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Qtvr Les 2alpes

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A: Les deux Alpes, soiiiif

by b math, 5.3 km away

Les deux Alpes, soiiiif

B: Lac Lerie Plateau Emparis France

by Andy Bryant, 8.1 km away

Lac Lérié is on Plateau d'emparis, accessible from the east (Le Chazelet) in a few hours, or from the...

Lac Lerie Plateau Emparis France

C: Skiing in Alpe D'huez

by Pierre van Geenen, 12.3 km away

View of my last ski trip to Alpe D'huez in France, it was a short holiday of 3 days where we had fant...

Skiing in Alpe D'huez

D: Alpe d'HuZes - 5000 cyclers fighting against cancer

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 14.3 km away

The Alpe d'HuZes (Alpe d'HuSix) is a sponsored cycling-event to raise money for cancer research. On t...

Alpe d'HuZes - 5000 cyclers fighting against cancer

E: On the finish line of the Alpe d'HuZes

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 14.7 km away

The Alpe d'HuZes (Alpe d'HuSix) is a sponsored cycling-event to raise money for cancer research. On t...

On the finish line of the Alpe d'HuZes

F: Dôme de Neige des Écrins

by jampla, 14.9 km away

Panoram de 360º des de el cim de Dome de Neiuge des Écrins, als Alps dels Ecrins, feta l'Agost de 201...

Dôme de Neige des Écrins

G: Pierre & Vacances Alpe D'huez

by Pierre van Geenen, 14.9 km away

View from the Pierre & Vacances apartment to the Pic Blanc Range and to the right the Massive Ecr...

Pierre & Vacances Alpe D'huez

H: Marmottes 3 Funitel top station

by Vincèn Pujol, 15.3 km away

Marmottes 3 Funitel top station

I: Skiing in Alpe d'Huez

by Pierre van Geenen, 15.7 km away

View down to the skiing slopes of Alpe d'Huez last January 2012.

Skiing in Alpe d'Huez

J: Alpe d'Huez 2700m

by Jiri Vambera, 16.0 km away

Alpe d'Huez 2700m

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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