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FRANCE - French Republic, République Francaise

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LANGUAGE FACTS:

National or official language: French
Other spoken languages: declining regional dialects and languages
• Provencal
• Breton
• Alsatian
• Corsican
• Catalan
• Basque
• Flemish
Literacy: Definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (1980 est.)

THE PEOPLE:

Population: 60,424,213 (July 2004 est.)
Structure: 0-14 years: 18.5% (male 5,724,185; female 5,446,716)
15-64 years: 65.1% (male 19,698,497; female 19,663,776)
65 years and over: 16.4% (male 4,049,970; female 5,841,069) (2004 est.)
Ethnic groups: Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities
Religions: Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%

ECONOMICS:

Currency: euro (EUR)

Major exports 2002 % of total Major imports 2002 % of total
Intermediate goods 30.6 Intermediate goods 31.9
Investment goods 23.4 Investment goods 21.6
Consumer goods 15.5 Consumer goods 17.7
Motor vehicles & transport equipment 15.5 Motor vehicles & transport equipment 11.9
Leading markets 2002 % of total Leading suppliers 2002 % of total
Germany 15.0 Germany 17.4
Spain 10.2 Italy 9.4
UK 9.7 Spain 7.6
Italy
9.3 Belgium-Luxembourg 7.5


GDP (US$ bn; market exchange rate)
1,763 Real GDP growth 2.2
GDP (US$ bn; PPP) 1,709 Real domestic demand growth 2.6
GDP per head (US$; market exchange rate) 29,302 Inflation 1.6
GDP per head (US$; purchasing power parity) 28,411 FDI inflows/GDP 3.3

THE COUNTRY

Government type: republic
Capital: Paris
Independence: 486 (unified by Clovis)
National holiday: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Legal system: civil law system with indigenous concepts; review of administrative but not legislative acts
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

For more information visit:

Ethnologue - Language background on FRANCE
Country trivias - FRANCE
Economics - FRANCE

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