Vedette SNSM de Cancale
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Vedette SNSM de Cancale

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A: Cancale cliffs, beach and houses

by Thomas Humeau, 1.2 km away

Cancale is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in north-western France. It is kno...

Cancale cliffs, beach and houses

B: Port de Cancale

by Thomas Humeau, 2.0 km away

Cancale is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in north-western France. It is kno...

Port de Cancale

C: Port de Cancale

by Thomas Humeau, 2.0 km away

Cancale is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in north-western France. It is kno...

Port de Cancale

D: Cancale Sous la digue

by Arnaud Chapin, 2.1 km away

Vue panoramique sous un quai à marée basse à Cancale. Si vous cherchez un gite ou une location à canc...

Cancale Sous la digue

E: Jetty of the Port de Cancale

by Thomas Humeau, 2.1 km away

Cancale is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in north-western France. It is kno...

Jetty of the Port de Cancale

F: Bateau de pèche à Cancale

by Arnaud Chapin, 2.1 km away

Bateau de pèche à Cancale

G: La Cancalaise Bisquine

by Arnaud Chapin, 2.1 km away

La Cancalaise Bisquine

H: Le Feu de la Houle à Cancale

by Arnaud Chapin, 2.2 km away

Le Feu de la Houle à Cancale

I: Plage dans le port de la Houle à Cancale

by Arnaud Chapin, 2.2 km away

Plage dans le port de la Houle à Cancale

J: Le feu de la houle à Cancale

by Arnaud Chapin, 2.2 km away

Le feu de la houle à Cancale

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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