France definition, France meaning | English dictionary



      n   a republic in W Europe, between the English Channel, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic: the largest country wholly in Europe; became a republic in 1793 after the French Revolution and an empire in 1804 under Napoleon; reverted to a monarchy (1815--48), followed by the Second Republic (1848--52), the Second Empire (1852--70), the Third Republic (1870--1940), and the Fourth and Fifth Republics (1946 and 1958); a member of the European Union. It is generally flat or undulating in the north and west and mountainous in the south and east. Official language: French. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: euro and franc. Capital: Paris. Pop.: 58841000 (1998 est.). Area: (including Corsica) 551600 sq. km (212973 sq. miles)  
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France   [2]     (French)  
      n   Anatole (<PH:a><PH:n><PH:a><PH:t><PH:%><PH:l>), real name Anatole François Thibault. 1844--1924, French novelist, short-story writer, and critic. His works include Le Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard (1881), L'Île des Pingouins (1908), and La Révolte des anges (1914): Nobel prize for literature 1921  

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a river in western France, an indirect tributary of la Loire.
Le Loir river begins in the Eure-et-Loir département.


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