United Nations Debate, France. Class: World History II. Facts on France.

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UN Project, France


France is located in Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel. Between Belgium and Spain, Southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, Between Italy and Spain.

Arable Land: 33%

The extent of France's coastlines is 3,427 km

The climate in France varies between each region. The true temperature maritime climate is found in the west near the coasts.

The average temperature is 45º F in February, and 61º F in July.

France receives approximately 32" of rain each year.

The capitol of France is Paris. In January of 2000, Paris had about 10.3 million inhabitants.


January 2000, Metropolitan France had a population of 58.7 million with 107 per square kilometer. (francediplo)

Life expectancy is about 79 years old.

Birth rate: 12/1,000

Death Rate: 9/1,000

Infant mortality rate: 5/1,000

France is 99% literate.

Economic Profile (CIA)

GDP: $1.5 trillion

Trade figures: Exports- $325 billion; Imports- $320 billion

Average annual income: lowest 10%- 2.8%;

highest 10%-25.1%

The currency is called a Franc.

France is industrialized.

Standard of Living (CIA)

TV sets: 35 million

34 million telephone lines

56 million radios


Roman Catholic, 90%. Protestant, 2%. Jewish, 1%. Muslim, 3%. Unaffiliated, 4%.

French is the official spoken language though English is in commonly taken in school as a second language, starting at a young age.