France Fast Facts...
Located in western Europe, France is geographically positioned in the northern, as well as the eastern and western hemispheres. France is bordered by the countries of Andorra, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Spain and Switzerland, and by the English Channel, Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
545,630 sq km slightly less than twice the size of Colorado
GDP Per Capita
$32,700 (2008 est.)
$33,300 (2007 est.)
$32,800 (2006 est.)
There are four major rivers in France: the Seine, which flows through Paris and northwest to the English Channel, the Rhone, which starts in the Alps and flows south to the Mediterranean, and the Loire and the Garonne, which both start in central France and flow west to the Atlantic. The Loire is the longest river in France.
Form of Government
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower was truly incredible. It was built in 1889 and it took 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days from start to finish. The tower has over 2,500,000 rivets and was made using 9441 tons of wrought iron!!
The Louvre was amazing! The Louvre was actually a palace before it became a museum, In the heart of the complex is the famous Louvre Pyramid above the visitor's center. I got to see the museum's three great masterpieces: the Venus de Milo, the Victory of Samothrace, and Mona Lisa. It was really a once in a lifetime experience.
This impressive building came to be because of Maurice de Sully the bishop of Paris, he decided to build a new cathedral for the growing population in 1345. Surprisingly, the Notre Dame is the most popular monument in Paris and in all of France, beating even the Eiffel Tower with 13 million visitors each year!!