, officially the French Republic (French: République française [ʁepyblik fʁɑ̃sɛz]), is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. France spans 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and has a total population of 66.6 million. It is a unitary semi-presidential republic with the capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. The Constitution of France establishes the state as secular and democratic, with its sovereignty derived from the people.

During the Iron Age, what is now Metropolitan France was inhabited by the Gauls, a Celtic people. The Gauls were conquered in 51 BC by the Roman Empire, which held Gaul until 486. The Gallo-Romans faced raids and migration from the Germanic Franks, who dominated the region for hundreds of years, eventually creating the medieval Kingdom of France. France emerged as a major European power in the Late Middle Ages, with its victory in the Hundred Years' War (1337 to 1453) strengthening French state-building and paving the way for a future centralized absolute monarchy. During the Renaissance, France experienced a vast cultural development and established the beginning of a global colonial empire. The 16th century was dominated by religious civil wars between Catholics and Protestants (Huguenots).

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In gritty Paris suburb, virus sparks 'social tsunami'

Urdu Point 24 Feb 2021
Grigny, France, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Feb, 2021 ) .In a gritty Paris suburb, Zineb, Danielle and even Benjamina, who is in his late 70s, say they only want one thing ... But this downtrodden town, with its sprawling high-rise, low-cost housing estates, was already known as the poorest in mainland France.
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Dozens injured in Japan’s 7.3 quake

The Manila Times 14 Feb 2021
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said no casualties had so far been reported after the late-night quake, which did not trigger a tsunami warning ... But it felt like it lasted for 30 seconds,” Masami Nakai, a municipal official in Soma city in northern Fukushima, told the Agence France-Presse about Saturday’s quake.
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Dozens injured in strong quake off Japan’s Fukushima

The Manila Times 14 Feb 2021
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said no casualties had so far been reported after the late-night quake, which did not trigger a tsunami warning ... But it felt like it lasted for 30 seconds,” Masami Nakai, a municipal official in Soma city in northern Fukushima, told Agence France-Presse about Saturday’s quake ... 7.3-quake rattles east Japan.
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Island quake searchers face rain challenge

Hong Kong Standard 17 Jan 2021
No figure was given on how many people had been found alive, and it was unclear how many people - dead or alive - could still be under the mountains of debris in the aftermath of Friday's 6.2-magnitude quake ... The island was hit in 2018 by a quake-tsunami ... AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE.
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France ready to help Turkey, Greece after deadly earthquake

Your Middle East 30 Oct 2020
The offer of aid in the wake of the major quake comes despite high tensions between France and Turkey. ... .
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Four killed as quake rocks Yunnan

Hong Kong Standard 19 May 2020
The quake hit near the city of Zhaotong, which has a population of more than six million, and registered 5.0-magnitude, the government seismology authority said.
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From climbing and kicking: eleven documentary tips for sports fans

The Eastern Herald 04 Apr 2020
Ikarus director Bryan Fogel (r) with the Russian scientist Grigori Rodschenkow. Photo. Icarus / Netflix / TEH (Image. TEH) (Photo ... The Tour de France is the most important event of the year, both for cycling and for France. In 2003 she celebrated her 100th anniversary, nothing was known of the doping quake for winner Lance Armstrong ... King ... GERMANY ... ....
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Indonesian volcano spews massive ash cloud

Manila Standard Today 27 Mar 2020
Jakarta, Indonesia . AFP ... Handout / BNPB / AFP ... But authorities did not raise Merapi's alert level ... It sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", a vast zone of geological instability where the collision of tectonic plates causes frequent quakes and major volcanic activity © Agence France-Presse. .
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Napa Valley Youth Soccer: Napa United ranked 47th in nation

Napa Valley Register 20 Feb 2020
Napa United was recently ranked No ... Napa United was the only club listed from the North Bay ... 7), De Anza Force (No. 20), Sacramento Republic (No ... 94) ... He was called up to US Soccer’s national ID team that played in France and Belgium last summer and just scored a hat trick last weekend for the ’Quakes in an MLS tournament,” Taylor said ... × ... {{term}}.
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A pedophile writer is on trial in France — along with French literary and elite culture

Hartford Courant 12 Feb 2020
A supporter dismissed it as “trussing a domestic,” a comment that recalled France’s feudal past ... Though the book held no new revelations about Matzneff’s sexual history, it triggered an abrupt cultural shift in France ... [Nation World] Puerto Ricans left homeless after biggest quake in century » ... In France, a history of writer as icon.
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6,000 passengers detained on cruise ship in Italy while one woman checked for possible coronavirus infection

Hartford Courant 30 Jan 2020
five in France, four in Germany and one in Finland ... [Nation World] Puerto Ricans left homeless after biggest quake in century ». Air France suspended all its regular passenger flights to and from China until Feb. 9 ... Air France said it will run special flights starting Thursday to bring back some customers and employees from Beijing and Shanghai ... 9th ... .
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‘Michelin’ France overshadowed by shock downgrade

Taipei Times 27 Jan 2020
It is the annual event that has accomplished chefs quaking in their toques. The release yesterday of the Michelin restaurant guide for France, revealing the winners and losers of its coveted ratings stars ... He died in 2018. ‘NOT INHERITED’ ... STRESSFUL ... His lawsuit was rejected ... There were fewer than 3,000 vehicles in France at the time ... .
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