France in Brief

  • Presidents’ Gallery

    Fifth Republic
    Fourth Republic
    Between 1940 and 1947, there was no President of the French Republic. The constitutional law of 10 July 1940 marked the end of the Third Republic by vesting "all (...)

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  • French Foreign Legion

    What is the Foreign Legion ?
    As an integral part of the French army, the French Foreign Legion is a professional fighting unit using the same equipment and with the same missions as any other infantry, tank, or (...)

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  • National Defense

    The 2007 French Defense Budget is $59.6 billion, not including pensions of security, it amounts to $45.4 billion (an increase of 2% from 2006). A total of 428,000 people are working for the French Defense (...)

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  • Foreign Policy

    France’s foreign policy is founded on several centuries of diplomatic tradition and some fundamental principles : the right of peoples to self-determination, respect for human rights and democratic principles, (...)

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  • French in the World

    Nearly 2 million French citizens live abroad :
    59% in Europe
    19.5% in America
    14.2% in North Africa and the Middle East (8.2%)
    9.3% in Sub-Saharan Africa
    6.3% in Asia and Oceania
    The majority are temporary (...)

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