GEOGRAPHY France is a country located primarily in Western Europe, but containing territory in South America, the Caribbean, and the Indian Ocean, as well as numerous territories of various status. In Europe Fance borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. To the west is the Bay of Biscay, to the north is the English Channel.
AreaTotal area: 674,843 km ² (Whole territory of the French Republic, including all the overseas departments and territories, but excluding the disputed French territory of Terre Adélie in Antarctica)
Area Metropolitan France: 551,695 km² (Metropolitan - i.e. European - France only, French National Geographic Institute data)
Natural hazards Flooding, avalanches, midwinter windstorms, drought, forest fires in the south near the Mediterranean, earthquakes
Mainland European France, viewed from the NASAShuttle Topography Radar Mission
Boundaries Land boundaries: Total: 4082.2 km 2889 km (metropolitan), 1183 km (French Guiana) 10.2 km (Saint Martin)
Border countries: Andorra 56.6 km, Belgium 620 km, Germany 451 km, Italy 488 km, Luxemburg 73 km, Monaco 4.4 km, Spain 623 km, Switzerland 573 km (metropolitan) Brazil 673 km, Suriname 510 km, 1183 km (French Guiana) Sint Maarten 10.2 km; (Saint Martin)