France



Background:

France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing de Gaulle's 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common exchange currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.














Nationality:

noun: Frenchman(men), Frenchwoman(women)
adjective: French
Ethnic Groups:

Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities
overseas departments: black, white, mulatto, East Indian, Chinese, Amerindian
Languages:

French (official) 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)
overseas departments: French, Creole patois, Mahorian (a Swahili dialect)
Religions:

Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%
overseas departments: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, pagan
Population:

65,630,692 (July 2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 21
note: the above figure is for metropolitan France and five overseas regions; the metropolitan France population is 62,814,233


























Major Cities - Population:

PARIS (capital) 10.41 million; Marseille-Aix-en-Provence 1.457 million; Lyon 1.456 million; Lille 1.028 million; Nice-Cannes 977,000 (2009)














Statistics
Percent Urbanization85 %
Total People Groups99
Unreached People Groups32
RegionWestern Europe
10/40 WindowNo
Official National LanguageFrench
Primary ReligionChristianity
Percent Christian Adherent60.5%  [1]
Percent Evangelical1.0%  [2]
Country Progress Level2.1 
Persecution RankingNot ranked (1=High to 50=Low OD)
Human Development Index0.872 (0=Low to 1=High UN)

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