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    France History
    Source: France Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Library of Congress Country Studies and other sources.

    Photograph of Chateau De Vaux Le Vicomte, France

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    The area that is now France has been occupied from pre-historice times. Its ancient culture began with Greek colonization of the Mediterranean coast. Subsequent incorporation of Gaul, which is most of the area that is now France, into the Roman Empire, made it an importan cultural and commercial center of the ancient world.

    With its conquest by Northern barbarian tribes and loss of Roman control, it fell into the dark ages, divided into small feudal kingdoms, characterized by poverty and ignorance.

    After the Renessance, and consolidation of royal authority, France began a territorial expansion, which culminated with the colonial era of the 19th century, making France an importan player in world affairs.

    Modern france is a highly developed, founding member of the European Union.
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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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