The LETSaholic Twist
- Everything you always wanted to know about LETS
... but didn't know who to ask.

About the book

This is the information James Taris shared with LETS groups all over the world on his international LETS tours between 2002-2004.

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Provinces 01-20
Provinces 21-40
Provinces 41-60
Provinces 61-80
(includes Paris - Province 75)
Provinces 81-100

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French Republic

National name:
R�publique Fran�aise

Jacques Chirac (1995)

Prime Minister:

211,208 sq mi
(547,030 sq km)

Population (mid-2005 est.): 60,656,178
(average annual rate of natural increase: 0.3%);
birth rate: 12.1/1000;
infant mortality rate: 4.5/1000;
density per sq mi: 282

Capital and largest city (2000 est.):
Paris, 10,150,000
(metro. area)

Other large cities:
Marseille, 801,000;
Lyon, 415,000;
Toulouse, 359,000;
Nice, 342,000;
Strasbourg, 252,000;
Nantes, 245,000;
Bordeaux, 201,000

Monetary units:
French Franc and euro

declining regional dialects (Proven�al, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican)

Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Southeast Asian, and Basque minorities

Roman Catholic 81%,
Protestant 1.7%,
Muslim 6.9%,
Jewish 1.3%

Literacy rate:
99% (1980)

Although ultimately a victor in World Wars I and II, France suffered extensive losses in its empire, wealth, manpower, and rank as a dominant nation-state. Nevertheless, France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. Since 1958, it has constructed a presidential democracy resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier parliamentary democracies. In recent years, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the advent of the euro in January 1999. Presently, France is at the forefront of European states seeking to exploit the momentum of monetary union to advance the creation of a more unified and capable European defense and security apparatus.

3,427 km

Geography - note: largest West European nation.