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The French Alps, view from the top of Gresse en Vercors

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The French Alps, here in the Isère department; view from the top of Gresse En Vercors, 1810 m .

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A: Gresse En Vercors

door Jacques Rochet, 1.1 hier vandaan

Above Gresse en Vercors in the French Alps

Gresse En Vercors

B: The ridge above Gresse en Vercors

door Andy Bryant, 5.4 hier vandaan

The eastern flank of the Vercors, just across from Gresse en Vercors

The ridge above Gresse en Vercors

C: Sunrise On The Eastern Edge Of The Vercors

door Andy Bryant, 5.6 hier vandaan

Sunrise just below Pas de Berrieves

Sunrise On The Eastern Edge Of The Vercors

D: La gare de Clelles-Mens

door Olivier Joseph, 7.2 hier vandaan

Située sur la ligne Grenoble-Veynes de la SNCF, la gare de Clelles-Mens offre un point de vue origina...

La gare de Clelles-Mens

E: Top of Serre de l'Horizon - 1950m - Alps

door Jacques Rochet, 11.6 hier vandaan

The top of Serre de l'Horizon, near the Sénépi at the south of Grenoble, 1950m.

Top of Serre de l'Horizon - 1950m - Alps

H: La gare du Villaret des Chemins de Fer de La Mure

door Olivier Joseph, 15.1 hier vandaan

La gare du Villaret des Chemins de Fer de La Mure

I: La gare de La Mure

door Olivier Joseph, 15.2 hier vandaan

La gare de La Mure

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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