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    France History
    http://WWW.workmall.com/wfb2001/france/french_history_colonialism.html
    Source: France Ministry of Foreigh Affairs, The Library of Congress Country Studies and other sources.

    The Eifel Tower under construction, 1889

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    Colonial Expansion

    During the 19th century, France again became a major colonial power, acquiring important possessions in North and West Africa and Indochina. It also became a world leader in art, science, and literature and began its slow transformation into a major industrial power.

    Politically, however, France suffered from endemic weakness. The Second Empire ended disastrously with defeat in the Franco-Prussian War of 187071; the Paris Commune, formed during that war, was overthrown with great bloodshed.

    The Third Republic (18711914) was characterized by the glittering pleasures of the Belle Epoque and France's prestige as a world power.

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    NOTE: The information regarding France on this page is re-published from The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of French History information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about France History should be addressed to The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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