Population: 66.03 million
President: François Hollande
Motto: Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité – Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
French is the official language in France and it is also the second major language in Europe.
French is spoken by more than 300 million people around the world as first or second language.
France is the 42nd largest country in the world but the largest country in the European Union (EU).
It is the 20th most populated country in the world and the second-most populated country in the EU.
France receives around 83 million foreign tourists annually – the most of any country in the world.
France is a founding member of the United Nations (an international organisation of countries which tries to keep peace around the world), where it serves as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
France is a founding and leading member state of the EU.
France has five overseas territories: French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion.
Although France is a secular (non religious) country, the largest religion is Roman Catholicism.
The blue, white and red flag is known as Le drapeau tricolore.
The highest mountain in France is the Mont Blanc, which is 4,810m high and stands at the border between France and Italy.
Children all around the world love French literature, like the famous “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas and “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
France is famous for its great painters and sculptors. Famous French painters are Monet and Renoir.
Some typical French food includes: baguette, which is a long bread stick; Croque Monsieur, ham and cheese grilled sandwich; escargots, snails; pain au chocolat, similar to a croissant filled with chocolate; crepes, very thin pancakes; and ratatouille, vegetable stew.