France

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FRANCE is the largest country in Western Europe with coastlines on the English Channel, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean. It shares borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain.

The lowest parts of the country are the great basins and low-lying plains of the north and southwest, which rise to meet the Massif Central, an extensive upland area, and the mountains of the higher Alps, Jura, and the Pyrenees. Mont Blanc on the FranceItaly border is the highest point in the Alps at 4,807 meters or 15,770 feet.

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The princi­pal rivers of France are the Seine, Rhone, Loire, and Garonne, along with their many tributaries. Many of these are navigable and are used commercially for the transport of freight.

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The climate ranges from moder­ate maritime in the northwest to the Mediterranean in the south. France has a long cultural history of art, literature, sculpture, and music and is famous for its immense Gothic churches.

Farming is possible in all parts of France with forestry and fishing, also providing some employment. The western shores are ideal for rearing livestock while the Paris Basin provides good arable land. In the southwest around Bordeaux, vineyards produce some of the world’s best wines. Wines and spirits are a valuable export for France, although they also produced for the home market.

France has valuable mineral reserves, including iron ore, petroleum, coal, natural gas, salt, zinc, potash, uranium, and lead. The main industrial area of France is in the north and east, and the main industries are in iron and steel, engineering, chemicals, textiles, and electrical goods.



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