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Nearby images in France


A: Tignes

by benjamin-suzanne, 330 meters away


B: Tignes le lac - By flyprod

by Flyprod.aerial - Franck Marchand Maillet, 590 meters away

Tignes est une commune française, située en Haute Tarentaise, dans le département de la Savoie et la ...

Tignes le lac - By flyprod

C: Tignes

by benjamin-suzanne, 810 meters away


D: Barrage du Chevril à Tignes by Flyprod

by Flyprod.aerial - Franck Marchand Maillet, 4.0 km away

Le barrage du Chevril, également appelé barrage de Tignes, est située en Tarentaise, dans la haute va...

Barrage du Chevril à Tignes by Flyprod

E: Mountain top halo

by Rob Antill, 6.4 km away

Taken at the top of Tignes ski resort.

Mountain top halo

F: Taken at the top of Tignes Ski Resort

by Rob Antill, 6.7 km away

Taken at the top of the mountain. perfect sky.

Taken at the top of Tignes Ski Resort

G: Col de l'ISERAN

by Michel M A L H E R B E., 11.8 km away

Le col de l'Iseran culmine à environ 2 764 m d'altitude, en Savoie. Premier col routier des Alpes fra...

Col de l'ISERAN

H: Chapel Vernettes interior

by Martin Smith, 12.1 km away

17th century chapel in the French Alps, Savoie department. Interior renovated in 2011.

Chapel Vernettes interior

I: Lac Etroit

by Martin Smith, 12.2 km away

Small lake on flanks of the Bellecote. (Petit lac au dessous le bellecote)

Lac Etroit

J: Le Ski d'été, c'est ICI !

by Michel M A L H E R B E., 12.2 km away

Grâce au glacier du Pissaillas, chaussez les skis et allez prendre un bain de soleil en haut des cime...

Le Ski d'été, c'est ICI !

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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