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Panorama's in de omgeving van France

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A: Lapid02b

door Yannick Chosse, 20 hier vandaan

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B: Lapid04b

door Yannick Chosse, 20 hier vandaan

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C: Lapid05b

door Yannick Chosse, 30 hier vandaan

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D: Lapid06b

door Yannick Chosse, 30 hier vandaan

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E: Lapid01b

door Yannick Chosse, 40 hier vandaan

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F: The library garden in Saintes (17-France)

door Pierre Chaton, 10.8 hier vandaan

A view of the library garden in Saintes (17 - France)

The library garden in Saintes (17-France)

G: Pont suspendu de Tonnay Charente

door Yannick Chosse, 19.0 hier vandaan

Le pont suspendu de Tonnay Charente marque la limite du domaine maritime sur la Charente

Pont suspendu de Tonnay Charente

H: Le pont suspendu de Tonay Charente

door Yannick Chosse, 19.0 hier vandaan

Le pont suspendu de Tonay Charente

I: Tonnay Charente

door Yannick Chosse, 19.4 hier vandaan

Tonnay Charente

J: Eglise de Montils - France

door Pascal Moulin, 25.4 hier vandaan

Eglise de Montils  -  France

Dit panorama is genomen in France

Dit is een overzicht van 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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