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St. Vincent Les Forts, France

Country France   (Link to map of France)
Continent Europe
Capital Paris
Population 62,814,233
Language French
Religion Christian (overwhelmingly Catholic)-66%, Muslim (7-9%)
Terrain Mostly flat plains and gently rolling hills in the north and west. The rest is mountainous with the Pyrenees in the south and the Alps in the east
Sports Soccer is the most popular sport in France

Rugby is predominant in the southern region of the country

Basketball is gaining in popularity and 9 French players are currently in the NBA

The Tour de France is a 3 week bicycle race held in July each year. It attracts 12 million people in person and a television audience of 3.5 billion. In the 110 year history, it has been won by a French cyclist 36 times

Animals Wild Boar

Roe Deer

Alpine marmot

Semi-wild horses

Facts of Interest France is the most visited country in the world with 84 million tourists per year
Concerns There are tens of thousands of refugees from all over the world currently residing in France (or French territories)

France has disputes with Madagascar, Suriname and Vanuatu over several territories it claims as French

France has been experiencing high unemployment for a long time and many fear that it is a threat to national cohesion

There have been several terrorist attacks in France over the past 2 years, the largest of which include a shooting at the office of Charlie Hebdo magazine in January 2015, attacks on a number of night clubs, restaurants and sports venue in November 2015, and truck being driven into a crowd during a Bastille Day celebration in July 2016.

Mission France is describe as “post-Christian” by some so there has been recent efforts to spread Christianity in France
Sources CIA World Factbook