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While the majority of France experiences fairly moderate temperatures throughout the year, the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly apparent. In fact, since the beginning of the 1900â's, the average annual temperature has increased by .95 C in France in comparison with .74 C globally.1 Summers are becoming hotter and winters are becoming milder.2 The French Alps are feeling the effects of climate change greatly as more invasive species of plants are encroaching on the lps and there is a much higher risk of droughts in the mountains.3 Additionally, certain parts of the Alps have experienced a 50% decrease in snow depth in recent years.4

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1 http://www.climateadaptation.eu/france/climate-change/
2http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/aboutcc/problems/rising_temperatures/hotspot_map/france.cfm
3-4 Ibid
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France News

The Guardian 
Friends and classmates were receiving psychological counselling at the school on Thursday, Ouest-France newspaper said, adding that the first some had heard of the attack was on the television news. Others had received text messages or phone calls from ... See more..
ESPN FC 
Karim Benzema has demanded Didier Deschamps give him an explanation for his continued absence from the France squad, telling RMC: "I have to know." Benzema has not featured for his country since October 2015 after initially being suspended by the ... See more..
FRANCE 24 
"It's been two months that the press had been flinging mud at me," he told France 2, saying he often thought of former Socialist prime minister Pierre Beregovoy who had been investigated for an interest-free loan and later committed suicide. Fillon ... See more..
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BBC News 
France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is in Russia for talks with senior officials. In Moscow, the National Front (FN) leader will meet Russian MPs, but it is not clear whether she will also hold talks with President Vladimir Putin ... See more..
Reuters 
Earlier on Thursday, Belgian prosecutors said that a man who had tried to drive at high speed into a shopping district in Antwerp was a French national, living in France, with knives and other weapons in his car. (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and ... See more..
CNBC 
Centrist Emmanuel Macron is projected to come out on top in the first round of France's presidential election next month ahead of far-right leader Marine Le Pen before going on to win in a runoff, a Harris Interactive poll showed on Thursday. Macron ... See more..
Reuters 
Philippe Fournier de Lauriere, ASO's Asia and Oceania Development Manager, is the man tasked with promoting professional cycle racing in a nation whose only ever Tour de France entrant, Ji Cheng, finished last in 2014. This week ASO announced the first ... See more..
The Sun 
England battle France and Ivory Coast for Manchester United's prolific teen striker Joshua Bohui. Former Brentford kid, 18, has impressed for Utd's Under-18s and Under-23s after signing on a three-year deal last August. Gossip. By Ian Tuckey. 23rd ... See more..
Vanity Fair 
When things get serious in the post-fact age, the most valuable commodity is still the truth. In London, four people were killed and around 40 were injured in a terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge and Parliament, on Wednesday, on the first ... See more..
The Hindu 
The gastronomic celebration 'Gout de France' (Good France) was back in India on Tuesday with 2,000 chefs across five continents dishing up, at the same time, a menu featuring gourmet French cuisine. In this third edition nearly nine restaurants joined ... See more..
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Geography

Area

Total 643,801 sq km; 551,500 sq km (metropolitan France)
Land 640,427 sq km; 549,970 sq km (metropolitan France)
Water 3,374 sq km; 1,530 sq km (metropolitan France)

***NOTE*** the first numbers include the overseas regions of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion
Natural Hazards



metropolitan_france: flooding; avalanches; midwinter windstorms; drought; forest fires in south near the Mediterranean flooding; avalanches; midwinter windstorms; drought; forest fires in south near the Mediterranean ;

overseas_departments: hurricanes (cyclones); flooding; volcanic activity (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion) hurricanes (cyclones); flooding; volcanic activity (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion) ;
Current Environmental Issues

some forest damage from acid rain; air pollution from industrial and vehicle emissions; water pollution from urban wastes, agricultural runoff ;

Demographics

Nationality
French
Population
65,951,611 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

The French economy is diversified across all sectors. The government has partially or fully privatized many large companies, including Air France, France Telecom, Renault, and Thales. However, the government maintains a strong presence in some sectors, particularly power, public transport, and defense industries. With at least 79 million foreign tourists per year, France is the most visited country in the world and maintains the third largest income in the world from tourism. France's leaders remain committed to a capitalism in which they maintain social equity by means of laws, tax policies, and social spending that reduce income disparity and the ...See More impact of free markets on public health and welfare. France's real GDP contracted 2.6% in 2009, but recovered somewhat in 2010 and 2011, before stagnating in 2012. The unemployment rate increased from 7.4% in 2008 to 10.3% in 2012. Youth unemployment shot up to 24.2% during the third quarter of 2012 in metropolitan France. Lower-than-expected growth and high unemployment costs have strained France's public finances. The budget deficit rose sharply from 3.4% of GDP in 2008 to 7.5% of GDP in 2009 before improving to 4.8% of GDP in 2012, while France's public debt rose from 68% of GDP to 90% over the same period. Under President SARKOZY, Paris implemented some austerity measures to bring the budget deficit under the 3% euro-zone ceiling by 2013 and to highlight France's commitment to fiscal discipline at a time of intense financial market scrutiny of euro-zone debt. Socialist Party candidate Francois HOLLANDE won the May 2012 presidential election, after advocating pro-growth economic policies, the separation of banks' traditional deposit taking and lending activities from more speculative businesses, increasing the top corporate and personal tax rates, and hiring an additional 60,000 teachers during his five-year term. The government's attempt to introduce a 75% wealth tax on income over one million euros for two years was struck down by the French Constitutional Council in December 2012 because it applied to individuals rather than households. France ratified the EU fiscal stability treaty in October 2012 and HOLLANDE's government has maintained France's commitment to meeting the budget deficit target of 3% of GDP during 2013 even amid signs that economic growth will be lower than the government's forecast of 0.8%. Despite stagnant growth and fiscal challenges, France's borrowing costs declined during the second half of 2012 to euro-era lows. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$2.291 trillion (2012 est.); $2.29 trillion (2011 est.); $2.252 trillion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

17.5% of GDP (2012 est.); 18.7% of GDP (2011 est.); 17.7% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

wheat, cereals, sugar beets, potatoes, wine grapes; beef, dairy products; fish
Industries

machinery, chemicals, automobiles, metallurgy, aircraft, electronics; textiles, food processing; tourism