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  • Population is 65 million. Tourists visiting in a year exceed France's population at 80 million making France the most visited country in the world
  • Capital and largest city is Paris with a population of over 2 million.
  • Language spoken is French
  • Currency is the euro - France is the highest taxed country in the EU.
  • Most common religion is Catholic (90%)
  • Area is more than 210,000 sq miles including Corsica - largest country in western Europe
  • Territories outside of France span 4 continents and make up a further 20% of France's full area
  • Highest mountain in France and Europe is Mont Blanc in the French Alps.
  • Longest river is the River Loire
  • Natural resources: coal, iron ore, bauxite, fish, timber, zinc, potash
  • Industries include aerospace, ship building, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and tourism (economy is 5th largest in the world and second largest in EU).
  • National flower is the iris, anthem is the Marseillaise and emblem is the gallic rooster

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