, officially the French Republic (French: République française [ʁepyblik fʁɑ̃sɛz]), is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. France spans 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and has a total population of 66.6 million. It is a unitary semi-presidential republic with the capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. The Constitution of France establishes the state as secular and democratic, with its sovereignty derived from the people.

During the Iron Age, what is now Metropolitan France was inhabited by the Gauls, a Celtic people. The Gauls were conquered in 51 BC by the Roman Empire, which held Gaul until 486. The Gallo-Romans faced raids and migration from the Germanic Franks, who dominated the region for hundreds of years, eventually creating the medieval Kingdom of France. France emerged as a major European power in the Late Middle Ages, with its victory in the Hundred Years' War (1337 to 1453) strengthening French state-building and paving the way for a future centralized absolute monarchy. During the Renaissance, France experienced a vast cultural development and established the beginning of a global colonial empire. The 16th century was dominated by religious civil wars between Catholics and Protestants (Huguenots).


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NASCAR and its fans: A long history of love

The Darlington News & Press 02 Sep 2020
NASCAR owes its beginnings to mechanic and auto-repair shop owner William “BillFrance, Sr ... France became interested in racing after relocating to Daytona Beach, Fla., which he discovered was a hotbed for racing enthusiasts. France involved himself in racing cars and promotion.

Suhonen, Mary Frances (nee Boyle)

Atlantic City 07 Jun 2020
Suhonen, Mary Frances (nee Boyle), - 56, of Cape May Court House, NJ, passed away at home on Tuesday June 2, 2020 ... Mary Frances was a member of St ... Mary helped faithfully run Rodney and Son Auto Repair along side her husband Rodney. Mary Frances is Survived her beloved Husband.

Is California's high-speed rail plan a pipe dream?

Manila Bulletin 19 May 2019
By Agence France-Presse Keith Erwin was about to buy the land that his auto repair shop sits on when he was turned down because California's much awaited high-speed rail line... .

Oldest Medal of Honor winner dies

The Roseburg News-Review 14 May 2019
Maxwell earned the nation’s highest military honor while fighting in Besancon, France, on Sept ... He spent several months in a hospital in Naples, returned to his unit and was sent to France. After the war, Maxwell became a car mechanic and taught classes on auto repair and service at a Bend high school and two community colleges.
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