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France
EU Member since 1952 (founding member)
Other Memberships NATO, Schengen Area, Eurozone, Bologna Process, OECD
Currency € (EURO)
Capital Paris
Area 551,500 sq km
Population 65,951,611 (July 2013 est.)
Language French
Religion Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%
GDP $ 42,379 (2011)
GNI $ 35,910 (2011)
SGI 6.74 out of 10 (2011)
CPI 71 out of 100 (2012)
Architecture Opus Francigenum , Neo Baroque, Second Empire Haussmann style, Beaux Arts, Art Nuveau, Art Deco, French provencale; Salomon de Brosse, Ange-Jacques Gabriel, Le Corbusier, Jean-Marie Charpentier
Literature Montesquieu, Stendhal, Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire. Honoré de Balzac, Alexandre Dumas, Jules Verne, George Sand, Guy de Maupassant, Émile Zola, Marcel Proust, Arthur Rimbaud, Stéphane Mallarmé, Guillaume Apollinaire, Albert Camus, Romain Rolland
Music Ars Nova, Ars Subtilior, Chanson, Motet, Courante, Galliard, Menuet, Boure, Gavotte, Passepied, Air, Ballet, Tragedie Lyrique, Spectral music, Cabaret, Cafeconcert, Cancan; Francois Couperin, George Bizet, Gabriel Faure, Charles Gounod, Jules Massenet, Camille Saint-Saens, Francis Poulenc, Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Schaeffer, Pierre Boulez, Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Dalida, Patricia Kaas, Alizee, Jean Michel Jarre, Daft Punk
Painting Eugene Delacroix, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse
Philosophy René Descartes, Denis Diderot, François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire), Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Jacques Derrida, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Jean-François Lyotard, Michel Foucault
Cuisine Camambert, Roquefort, Brie and other cheeses, Quiche, Beef bourguignon, Tapenade, Baguette, Creme brulee, Croissant, Mussels, Duck confit, Bouillabaisse (fish soup), Ratatouille, Profiteroles, Fondue, Crepes, Pate. Delicacies: Foie gras, Escargot, Oysters, Boulette d'Avesnes, Truffles, Chouquettes, Raclette
Drinks Champagne, Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Beaujolais and other wines; Aperitif liquors and cocktails, Pastis, Cafe au Lait, Cognac, St. Germain
Consumption 13.66 equivalent liters of pure ethyl alcohol per capita per year (WHO, 2005)
Sports Soccer, Tennis, Cycling, Rugby, Formula 1, Skiing
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