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France is a country principally located in western Europe, but also includes territories, islands and regions in other continents around the world. The European part of the country, which is known as Metropolitan France, consists of the mainland and Mediterranean island of Corsica. The mainland has coasts on the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea, and has land borders with Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain, and Switzerland, as well as being connected to the UK via the Channel Tunnel. The overseas departments and territories of France are, for the most part, island groups in the Atlantic, Indian or Pacific Oceans, but they do have land borders with Brazil and Suriname (French Guiana), as well as the the Netherlands Antilles (Saint Martin).
The population of France was an estimated 64,102,140 as of 2007. Of these, 61,538,322 lived in Metropolitan France. The capital of the country, Paris, was the largest city, and had a population in excess of 2.1 million.
France is one of the world's leading economic powers, and has a modern developed economy. The country's economy is based around a mix of private enterprise and government intervention, although the amount of government intervention in the economy has been on a gradual downward trend over the last few years. France has traditionally been a strong supporter of European integration, is a key member of the European Union, and having adopted the Euro currency, is a member of Euro zone.
As a tourist destination, France is very popular. There are many historic sites in the country (the capital Paris is particularly noted for its culture and history), as well as excellent beach and ski resorts.
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