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- Outline - Unlabeled printer-friendly map of France
- Shaded Relief - (click on the image to enlarge)
- Political - (click on the image to enlarge)
- Roads - Go to MapQuest and enter an address to get a custom map of France.
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- Flags - Click on the map of France to see each province's flag.
- eBook Maps - Free eBook maps for eBook devices.
- France Atlas - Michelin spiral-bound atlas with extensive road classification, careful route numbering and distance information.
- France Political Wall Map - Exclusively developed by Maps.com and GRAPHI-OGRE and not available in any store, this wall map was created using high resolution vector digital imagery with state-of-the-art print on demand technology. This process allows Maps.com to offer over-sized laminated wall maps. Ideally suited for light reference, this political wall map includes cities, airports, rivers, lakes, and major roads (not numbered). Available in three sizes.
- France, Belgium, Netherlands Wall Map contains extensive political information, focusing on capitols and other major cities. Political boundaries are represented very clearly.
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France Of Interest
France is almost twice the size of Colorado at nearly 340,000 square miles. It is the largest West European nation. France is mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in the north and west. The remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in the south and the Alps in the east. Its climate is generally cool in the winter and mild in the summer, but has mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean. There often is an occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral. The highest point is Mount Blanc at 15,772 feet.
Cave wall paintings indicate the traces of a reasonably advanced cave society who dominated the area during the Paleolithic ages. The recent history of France started in 1000 B.C. when the Celts swept into western France. Greek settlers then made their way into the southern coast area of France during the following ages. The Greek civilization affected the social and political life of Celts. Soon the Greeks became a challenging power in the region, against Rome. In 52 B.C. Julius Caesar defeated the Celts and took control of the entire region. After this victory, Rome controlled the destiny of the area for nearly 500 years.
Rome's rule over the region ended in 476 A.D. after many barbaric invasions. King Charlemagne was crowned as the Holy Roman Emperor in 800. His most important contribution to Europe was to introduce a strong governmental tradition. A major historical event was the Hundred Years War between England and France, which lasted from 1337 until 1453. The French Revolution happened in 1789. This event marked the end of Royal dynasty. In 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte seized control of France after his successes in Italy. He crowned himself in 1804. The 19th century became a time of insurrection for France.
France's 60,424,213 people have great ethnic diversity. While French is the official language, there are also a number of regional dialects. Alsatian, is spoken in Alsace and in parts of Lorraine. A small number speak Flemish in French Flanders. In Celtic Brittany, Breton is still spoken. Roman Catholicism is by far the largest religion in France, claimed by about 80% of the population. France also has a large Muslim population, estimated at 3 to 5 million. There are smaller numbers of Protestants and Jews.
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