France is the largest country in western Europe. It is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, sharing borders with Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Andorra, and Monaco. France is bordered by three different mountain chains: the Pyrenees, the Jura, and the Alps. The country’s capital city, Paris, accommodates about one-sixth of the nation’s total population.

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Population: 67.384 million
Ethnic Groups: Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque Minorities
Languages: French (Official) (100%)
Religions: Christian (63%—66%), Muslim (7%—9%), Buddhist (0.5%—0.75%), Jewish (0.5%—0.75%), Other (0.5%—1.0%), None (23%—28%)
Capital: Paris
CIA: The World Factbook — Last Updated December 29, 2019

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France is a developed country with a strong healthcare system and efficient transportation infrastructure. It is a member of the European Union. Catholicism was once dominant but has been declining for decades as atheism grows. Today, France is a very secular state; public servants and education workers are not allowed to wear obvious religious apparel. Nevertheless, Catholicism continues to play an important role in some aspects of French society. For example, it is common for people in France to attend a midnight mass on Christmas.