Area: 211,208 square miles
Languages: French is the official language.
Location: France is bordered by Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
Geography: France is a large country, two and a half times as big as Great Britain, extending for some 600 miles from north to south and from east to west. Except for extreme northern France, which is part of the Flanders plain, the country may be described as four river basins and a plateau. Three of the streams flow west—the Seine into the English Channel, the Loire into the Atlantic, and the Garonne into the Bay of Biscay. The Rhône flows south into the Mediterranean. For about 100 miles, the Rhine is France's eastern border. In the Alps, near the Italian and Swiss borders, is Europe's highest point—Mont Blanc, at 15,781 feet.
Population (2007 estimate): 64,057,790
Religions: Roman Catholic (85%), Muslim (7%), Protestant (2%), Jewish (1%), unaffiliated (5%)
Time zone: France is on Central European Time, six hours head of U.S. EST. When it is 6am in New York, it is noon in Paris. Daylight Saving Time begins the last Sunday in March and ends the last Sunday in October.