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A: le massif cantalien

av eric belin, 4.5 km bort

vue sur le massif depuis le puy Bataillouse

le massif cantalien

B: Vallée de la Cère

av Grégoire Saintenac, 5.7 km bort

vue depusi l'espace panoramique dans la montée à Super Lioran

Vallée de la Cère

C: Vallée de la Cère

av Grégoire Saintenac, 6.6 km bort

Vallée de la Cère

D: pra de bouc, la petite rivière - fp

av françois paris, 11.3 km bort

pra de bouc, la petite rivière - fp

E: Prat de bouc

av Grégoire Saintenac, 11.3 km bort

photo de prat de bouc, petite station de ski du cantal, quelques jours avant le début des chutes de n...

Prat de bouc

F: cascade de la roucolle

av eric belin, 11.4 km bort

Cascade d'accès difficile sur un affluent de la Cère

cascade de la roucolle

G: Prat de bouc

av Grégoire Saintenac, 11.9 km bort

Prat de bouc

H: Salers, Panorama

av Grégoire Saintenac, 13.8 km bort

Salers, Panorama

I: Salers, Rue des Nobles

av Grégoire Saintenac, 13.9 km bort

Salers, Rue des Nobles

J: Salers,Place Tyssandier d'Escous

av Grégoire Saintenac, 14.0 km bort

Salers,Place Tyssandier d'Escous

Det här panoramat togs i France

Detta är en översikt av 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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