, officially the French Republic (French: République française [ʁepyblik fʁɑ̃sɛz]), is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. France spans 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and has a total population of 66.6 million. It is a unitary semi-presidential republic with the capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. The Constitution of France establishes the state as secular and democratic, with its sovereignty derived from the people.

During the Iron Age, what is now Metropolitan France was inhabited by the Gauls, a Celtic people. The Gauls were conquered in 51 BC by the Roman Empire, which held Gaul until 486. The Gallo-Romans faced raids and migration from the Germanic Franks, who dominated the region for hundreds of years, eventually creating the medieval Kingdom of France. France emerged as a major European power in the Late Middle Ages, with its victory in the Hundred Years' War (1337 to 1453) strengthening French state-building and paving the way for a future centralized absolute monarchy. During the Renaissance, France experienced a vast cultural development and established the beginning of a global colonial empire. The 16th century was dominated by religious civil wars between Catholics and Protestants (Huguenots).


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Cycling: Froome comeback on track after UAE test on Israel Start-Up debut

Straits Times 01 Mar 2021
Paris (AFP) - Chris Froome's bid for a record-equalling fifth Tour de France in June took another "small step" forwards this week as he finished "comfortably in the peloton" in his first race with new team Israel Start-up nation ... The UAE Tour was a fresh start ... "This is the beginning of my campaign to be ready for the Tour de France."

'I shouldn't be out there in gales': Brixham fishers take Brexit hit

The Observer 01 Mar 2021
Buyers in France, Spain and Italy have refused to pay top whack for fish that is not as fresh as they would like and the price of the catch landed in Brixham has dropped ... At the moment the routes to France are empty ... look for different ways to make sure they had a fresh product.

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Winston-Salem Journal 28 Feb 2021
--Henri Champliau Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Authentique, France, $28. A balanced, fresh and elegant sparkling blend of pinot noir and chardonnay ... Fresh acidity ... --Calmel & Joseph Blanquette de Limoux Brut, France, $22 ... Fresh, round mouthfeel; nice structure ... Bright and fresh with a touch of minerality.

The Sound of Liberty in Cuba

Wall Street Journal 26 Feb 2021
Thirty years after the collapse of the Soviet military empire, one of the world’s remaining communist dictatorships is facing a fresh challenge to its authority. And it couldn’t sound any sweeter. Agence France-Presse reports ...It’s over,” says the song’s chorus ... Nora Gámez Torres notes in the Miami Herald. .

Scots' joy as French trip gets nod

Belfast Telegraph 25 Feb 2021
The Stade de France showdown had been in major doubt following a Covid-19 outbreak among the French squad. But, after a fresh round of negative test results, France have now been given the go ahead to host Gregor Townsend's squad.

France back in isolation ahead of Scotland clash

Belfast Telegraph 25 Feb 2021
France have suspended training ahead of Sunday’s Guinness Six Nations game against Scotland following another positive Covid-19 test among the playing squad ... The Stade de France showdown had been thrown into major doubt following a Covid-19 outbreak among Les Bleus players and management ... France beat Ireland last time out (Brian Lawless/PA).

Tributes paid after father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker dies in Brazil

Yahoo Daily News 25 Feb 2021
Best juicers of 2021 to make delicious fresh juice at home ... France suspend training after new Covid case within squad ... France squad in isolation ...

'Readers want the victims’ stories': the writers exposing sexual abuse in France

The Observer 25 Feb 2021
Le Consentement (Consent) was a bestseller in France and has been optioned for film ... France has long had a reputation for having a more relaxed attitude towards sexuality ... But a wave of books have given fresh momentum to the movement in France, exposing underage sexual abuse at the highest levels of society.

Seed security tops No 1 document

China Daily 25 Feb 2021
On Sunday, the release of the official document on agricultural affairs, also called the year's "No 1 central document", attracted widespread attention because, for the first time, seed security appeared as an independent chapter ... After bird flu broke out in the US in 2015, Chinese poultry farms had to turn to the UK and France for fresh supplies ... .
photo: AP / Claude Paris
Monaco coach Thierry Henry watches the players as they train before the Champions League Group A soccer match between Monaco and Club Brugge at the Louis II stadium in Monaco, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

Henry steps down as Montreal coach, cites family reasons

Supersport 25 Feb 2021
The separation is too much of a strain for me and my kids."</p>Henry, who helped France win the World Cup in 1998 on home soil, took over a Montreal team that was fresh off a campaign of 12 wins, 17 losses and five draws had missed the MLS Cup Playoffs for a third ...

South African medical schemes may no longer need to subsidise COVID vaccines: executives

Metro USA 25 Feb 2021
Power Women with Victoria Schneps ... Subscribe.. RSS iTunes Spotify Stitcher Amazon Google Play ... This would depend on which vaccines were procured, he continued, while schemes may still need to contribute in future if booster shots or fresh rounds of vaccination are needed. (Reporting by Emma Rumney; Editing by Frances Kerry). .

CÎROC Ultra-Premium Vodka Launches Next Iteration of #CIROCStands in Collaboration with Art Curator Jordan "Love ...

The Saratogian 25 Feb 2021
NEW YORK, Feb ... Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here. ... It is the fine French grapes and the fifth distillation in a traditional, tailor-made copper pot still at the historic Distillerie de Chevanceaux in the South of France that give CÎROC™ Ultra-Premium Vodka a distinctive flavor with an exceptionally fresh, citrus taste ... ....

France-Scotland to go ahead after negative Covid tests

RTE 24 Feb 2021
Scotland's Six Nations clash with France on Sunday will go ahead as planned in Paris, tournament organisers have announced. The Stade de France ... But after a fresh round of negative test results, France have now been given the go ahead to host Gregor Townsend's squad.

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