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  • French Republic
    République Française

    Political Status: Republic under mixed parliamentary-presidential system established by constitution adopted by referendum of September 28, 1958, and instituted on October 4.

    Area: 211,207 sq. mi. (547,026 sq. km).

    Population: 67,389,000 (2018E—World Bank); 67,364,367 (2018E—U.S. Census). Area and population figures are for metropolitan France (including Corsica); for overseas departments and other dependent jurisdictions, see Related Territories, below.

    Major Urban Centers (2018E—World Population Review): PARIS (2,138,551), Marseille (794,811), Lyon (472,317), Toulouse (433,055), Nice (338,620), Nantes (277,269), Strasbourg (244,845), Montpellier (248,252), Bordeaux (231,844), Lille (228,328), Rennes (209,375), Reims (196,565), Le Havre (185,972), Saint-Étienne (176,280).

    Official Language: French.

    Monetary Unit: Euro (market rate October 19, 2018: 0.87 euro = $1US).

    President: Emmanuel MACRON (The Republic on the Move!); elected for a five-year term in runoff balloting on May 7, 2017, and inaugurated ...

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