France is located in Western Europe. The Atlantic Ocean borders it to the west and the Mediterranean to the south.
French, German, and Breton are the languages that are spoken in France. Here are videos that demonstrate what the languages sound like. The other languages came from neighboring countries.
France has mountains, rivers, islands, beaches, and farms. The rivers, Ocean, Channels, and Sea allow for fishing and shipping to be possible. This provides food for the citizens as well as trading ports with other countries. Fertile soils allow crops to grow and farming throughout the country. These features allow people to live in different areas and still have jobs due to their surroundings.
The Eiffel Tower is one of the best known landmarks in France. It was built in 1889 as an entrance to the World's Fair. This landmark has brought over 250 million visitors to France. The Millau Viaduct, is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the River Tarn. The bridge breaks both records for its size and height. It is one of the newest landmarks in France and opened in 2004. Pont du Gard is a Roman aqueduct. It is about 2,000 years old and spans the Gardon River. It was designed with three incredible levels of arches. Mont Blanc also known as White Mountain is the highest peak the highest peak in the Alps and the highest mountain in all of Europe. It is located on the border between France and Italy.
Soccer is the most popular spot in France. It is called football in France. There are thousands of teams throughout the country including professional, armature, and women's divisions. They won the World Cup in 1998.
The main religion in France is Roman Catholic with 83-88% of the country practicing this religion. The main foods eaten in France are bread, cheese, and wine. This food is from the farms and agriculture in France. Crepes are very popular this is a thin pancake that has been stuffed with sweet ingredients.
The Barzaz-Breizh is a book that was published full of the Breton folk traditional music of France.
The French take dance very seriously. Their dancing represents their proud artistic history. A few different dances are the French Basse Dance, Mazurka, Bourrée, and the Sarabanda.
The French are well known for their clothing. The scarf is a favorite accessory for both French men and women.
The Roman conquest of Gallia. (121-51 B.C.E.) The incorporation of what is now France into the Roman sphere brought the Latin language and Rome's civilization to the Celtic tribes forever altering their culture and mores. Battle of Tours (732 C.E.) The defeat of the invading Muslim armies by Charles Martel saved France and Western Europe from the influences of Islam. Death of Louis the Pious and the division of the Frankish Empire (20 June 840 C.E.) Louis divided his Kingdom into three parts which roughly corresponded to modern France and German with a narrow strip running from the North Sea into Italy. Death of King Philip IV (1314 C.E.) The dynastic turmoil that resulted from the death of the last direct male heir of the Capetian kings was the cause of the Hundred Years War. The French Revolution and the rise and fall of Napoleon (1789 - 1815) The French Revolution and its development into a military dictatorship would influence not only French political thinking but that of the world for generations to come. World War I (August 1914 - November 11, 1918) Over 5 million casualties, the destruction of an entire generation of young men, spelled the beginning of the end of France as one of the dominant world powers. World War II (September 1, 1939 - September 2, 1945 ) France continues to struggle with the question of its performance in World War II.
Joan of Arc (1412 - 1431) famous for receive heavenly visions that told her to reclaim France from English control during the Hundred Years' War. Nostradamus (1503 - 1566) was an accomplished apothecary and helped to treat victims of the plague. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821) was a military and political leader who is widely considered one of the greatest commanders in history - he won so many battles that at one time he controlled most of continental Europe. Louis Vitton founded the fashion house in 1854 by designing a stack-able travel trunk.