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France
French Republic / République Française

Flag of France
three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), white, and red; known as the “Le drapeau tricolore” (French Tricolor), the origin of the flag dates to 1790 and the French Revolution when the “ancient French color” of white was combined with the blue and red colors of the Parisian militia; the official flag for all French dependent areas the design and/or colors are similar to a number of other flags, including those of Belgium, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Netherlands
note: the design and/or colors are similar to a number of other flags, including those of Belgium, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Netherlands

Creative Industries France at Europa Regina


Population:
68,084,217 (July 2021 est.)
67,848,156 (2020)
67,364,357 (2018)
note: the 2021 figure is for metropolitan France and five overseas regions; the metropolitan France population is 62,814,233
Capital: Paris
Internet country code:
metropolitan France – .fr
French Guiana – .gf
Guadeloupe – .gp
Martinique – .mq
Mayotte – .yt
Reunion – .re

Government:
Official website: gouvernement.fr
Ministère de l’Économie, des Finances et de la Relance: economie.gouv.fr
Business France, international development of France: businessfrance.fr


Data & Statistics France:
data.gouv.fr
insee.fr
banque-france.fr
data.oecd.org/france

France

France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO’s integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing de Gaulle’s 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities – French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion – became French regions and were made part of France proper.