France is at the political heart of Europe.
It was a founder member of the EU, then the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1958.
The French Revolution of 1798 saw the overthrow of the monarchy and the establishment one of the world’s first modern republics. The country’s current constitution was adopted in 1958.
France has more tourists than any other country in the world.
French cuisine, like its fashion industry, is renowned throughout the world, though there are major regional differences across the country.
It produces around 1,200 varieties of cheese, as well as many of the finest wines in the world.