Location: France, the largest country in Western Europe, lies between three big nations - Spain, Germany and Italy. The island of Corsica (the birthplace of Napoleon) forms an integral part of France.
History: The French Revolution (1789-1793) made France once a grand monarchy, a republic. Since then republican and imperial forms of government followed one after another until the Fifth Republic. The French Community came into being in 1958 under President Charles de Gaulle. France exploded a nuclear device at Mururoa atoll (First tests in 1966) on September 6, 1995. In January 96, France announced the end of the series of tests. Violence by Corsican separatists has been worrying successive governments for a quarter century.
Crops & Industry: The country is the largest food producer and exporter in Western Europe.
Main crops: Grains, maize, rice, fruits, vegetables, wine, potatoes, livestock and dairy products. Among manufactured products, the most important are chemicals, silk, cotton textiles, automobiles aircraft, ships, precision instruments, electronic equipment, perfumes and wines. Over the last 20 years, urban development and technological progress have changed the people's every day life profoundly. Life expectancy: Male: 75, Female: 83.
France, which had 75.5 M foreign visitors in 2000, reinforced its position as the world's most visited country.
The Eiffel Tower:
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France's most visited monument, has 15,000 tourists daily. An iron tower erected for the Paris Exhibition of 1889, on Seine River. An engineer, A.G. Eiffel, designed it and it is a World's most visited site. This beautiful tower is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and there is no doubt about that millions are flowing towards this historical site.
Overseas Departments: French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinque, Reunion.
Overseas Territories: French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic lands, New Caledonia and dependencies, Wallis and Futuna Islands. Overseas departments elect representatives to the National Assembly and the administrative organization of mainland France applies to them. The administrative organisation of overseas territories includes a locally elected government.
Territorial collectivities: St. Pierro and Miquelon; Mayotte.
Mission in India:
Embassy of France
2/50-E, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi - 110 021, India
Indian Mission in France:
Embassy of India
15, Rue Alfred Dehodencq
75016 Paris, France
Tel: 00-33-1-40507070, 45243340