History France became its own country in the 9th century.
Strong, centralized government
Current President is Nicolas Sarkozy
Many political parties
France is one of the most richly endowed countries of Europe:
Extensive areas of rich soil
Long-established tradition of skilled agriculture.
However, France in 2002 fell from being the world's 4th largest economy to 5th, being replaced by UK.
Government debt was projected to rise above 60% of GDP in 2003, and the deficit was forecast to reach 3.5% of GDP, exceeding the 3% of GDP limit set by the EU.
GDP & GROWTH RATE
Machinery Pharmaceutical products Iron and steel Vehicles Aircraft Chemicals
Did you know that ? France and the United States are the world's top two exporting countries in defense products, agricultural goods, and services.
Acquisition of French Nationality Naturalization
A person aged 18 or above may apply for French citizenship after five years' habitual and continuous residence in France
Since 26 November 2003
French immigration Act 1998
The main aim of the act was to integrate foreign nationals into the French culture.
This event is subject to the children residing in France for longer than five years and this five year period only begins after the age of eleven.
Stipulated that immigrants seeking asylum will have more rights to live in France. It gives foreign nationals more rights in terms of residency, which takes the form of new entry visas categories.
Opinion on Turkey’s accession into the EU
Sarkozy fiercely opposes Turkey's E.U. entry, putting a premium on traditional European boundaries, and ignoring Turkey's European political and economic credentials.
On September 26, 2007, Sarkozy stated, "I do not think that Turkey has a place in Europe," claiming instead that Turkey's place was in "Asia Minor."
Sarkozy's Policy on Turkey's E.U. Accession: Bad for France? In essence, Sarkozy is telling France's 5 million Muslims that they have a place in French society if they adopt France's Western values and participate in its secular democratic institutions. By rejecting Turkey—a secular democracy with a pro-Western orientation—Sarkozy is sending the French Muslims another message: regardless of how secular, democratic, and Western you become, there is no official place for you in Europe.
France is an indivisible Republic, democratic and social. It ensures equality, in the eyes of the law, for all the citizens, without distinction of origin, race or religion.
Share of immigrants and foreigners in France, 2006 immigrants: 4 930 000
FRANCE attitude towards Greece financial crisis
The country's Opinion towards the Financial Crisis of Greece
France and Germany believe that any recourse by Greece to the IMF would damage the euro’s prestige and highlight their inability to sort out internal problems.