, 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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Jay-Z Auctioning Rare Bottle of D’Ussé Cognac for Charity

Barrons 25 Feb 2021
Under the supervision of Michel Casavecchia, one of the world’s greatest authorities on Cognac, the 1969 Anniversaire collection is bottled from a rare single barrel which has been maturing for decades in the 200-year-old cellar at the Château de Cognac, along the banks of the Charente River in Southwestern France.

French average new COVID-19 cases at three-week low but variants watched

Metro USA 11 Feb 2021
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s average count of new COVID-19 cases continued to fall on Thursday and the number of people hospitalised with the disease decreased for a third day running, but the country’s health minister warned about the threat posed by coronavirus variants.

The Palamanui Palate: Chef Fernand Guiot brings decades of experience to the classroom

West Hawaii Today 09 Feb 2021
I would later learn his baking experience extends all the way back to his boyhood in France when at age 12, he began helping in his uncle’s bakery ... After coming to the United States, he was the lead baker at the Vie de France in Virginia with over 100 employees under his leadership.

Combating Antisemitism: We Need Swivel-Headed Jews

The Algemeiner 07 Feb 2021
Opinion. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. Photo. Screenshot ... Think groups and parties like AFD in Germany, Jobbik in Hungary, National Rally in France, Nordic Resistance in Scandinavia, Golden Dawn in Greece, etc. In some cases, they have even vied for (and won) seats in regional and national parliaments.Related coverage. February 7, 2021 5.51 am. 0.
photo: AP / Francois Mori
French President Emmanuel Macron listen to Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa before a working lunch at the Elysee Palace Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Paris.

France’s Macron aims to tackle tobacco and alcohol in 10-year cancer plan

Metro USA 04 Feb 2021
COVID-19 has killed almost 78,000 people in France, the seventh-highest toll globally. L’amour de la vie! Love of Life with Joan Lunden Former Host of Good Morning America, Author, Journalist and Health & Wellness Advocate ... (Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Frances Kerry).

Moderna COVID vaccines delayed in Europe and elsewhere, adding to shortfalls

Metro USA 29 Jan 2021
drugmaker Moderna have spread across Europe, as Italy joined France and Switzerland in announcing the company’s shipments for February would miss expectations ... 7, Italy’s special commissioner for COVID-19 said on Friday, a day after neighbouring France and Switzerland announced similar shortfalls.

French demand for COVID shots outstrips supply

Metro USA 20 Jan 2021
GARCHES, France (Reuters) – Jeanne Becart, mayor of the Paris suburb of Garches, said public health officials told her to get ready to administer 1,200 COVID-19 vaccines a week ... She had a plea for France’s leader Emmanuel Macron ... France is not experiencing problems with the supply of vaccines, according to government officials.

Ipsen nomme Gwenan White en qualité de Vice-Président Exécutif, Communication et Affaires Publiques

Cadillac News 20 Jan 2021
Elle sera basée à Boulogne, en France ... La R&D d'Ipsen est focalisée sur ses plateformes technologiques différenciées et innovantes situées au coeur des clusters mondiaux de la recherche biotechnologique ou en sciences de la vie (Paris-Saclay, France ; Oxford, UK ; Cambridge, US) ... FRANCE EUROPE.

Swiss set to approve AstraZeneca COVID vaccine this month: NZZ

Metro USA 16 Jan 2021
Switzerland has ordered 15 million vaccine doses in total after setting aside 400 million Swiss francs ($449 million) for shots. L’amour de la vie! Love of Life with Joan Lunden Former Host of Good Morning America, Author, Journalist and Health & Wellness Advocate.

La Vie en Rose owner Louis Laulhere will be remembered for his hospitality

Orange County Register 13 Jan 2021
A wine list consultant in later years, and the owner of popular restaurant La Vie en Rose in Brea, which closed in 2017, he made every guest feel welcome, said Christine Laulhere, his wife of 44 years ... “La Vie en Rose was not a restaurant ... The two met when Laulhere dined at La Vie en Rose, which was then owned by the Segerstroms.

France likely to have to take tougher measures due to virus variants

Metro USA 12 Jan 2021
PARIS (Reuters) – France will likely have to consider more ... The government is currently pondering whether to impose a third national lockdown or extend a 6 p.m curfew now imposed in some areas to the whole of France.

Sanofi’s standalone drug ingredients business to be called EUROAPI

Metro USA 12 Jan 2021
The company signalled last February it intended to carve out its active pharmaceutical ingredients business, which provides biologically active components for drugs, saying the business would be based on six production sites in Italy, Germany, Britain, France and Hungary.

France unlikely to avoid UK variant of coronavirus – chief advisor

Metro USA 06 Jan 2021
PARIS (Reuters) – France is unlikely ... Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the French government on the epidemic, said France already had about 22 confirmed cases of the UK variant.