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[[caption-width-right:328:Vive La France!]]

->''"Toute ma vie, je me suis fait une certaine idée de la France."''[[labelnote:Translation]]"All my life I have had a certain idea of France."[[/labelnote]]
-->-- '''Charles de Gaulle'''

->''Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité'' (''Liberty, Equality, Fraternity'')
-->-- '''French Republic's motto'''

France, officially known as the French Republic ('''French:''' ''République française''), and its predecessors. For those who don't know, France is a Romance country in Western Europe, with non-Romance ethnic minorities living on the borders: Celtic Brittany, Germanic Alsace and Lorraine (and a few other pockets), and some Basques in the extreme southwest (Gascony). The name "France" comes from the Germanic Franks, who ruled the region formerly known to the Romans as Gallia ("Gaul" was, despite popular belief, not what Romans called the region), but the people living there were not, for the most part, ever Germans. France is the second-largest economy in Europe, second only to UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} itself, although the position of number two is sometimes contested between France and the [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} UK]]. It is sometimes called "The Hexagon", [[DontExplainTheJoke because it is roughly hexagonal.]] France also has several oversea departments and territories all around the world, with the former (Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guyana, Mayotte and Réunion) being considered an integral part of the country. ''La France Métropolitaine'' is the term most commonly used to refer to mainland France and Corsica.

[[index]]
+ FrenchFilms
+ FrenchLiterature
+ FrenchSeries
+ FrenchWebOriginals
* UsefulNotes/LesGrandesEcoles
* UsefulNotes/SnailsAndSoOn
* TourDeFrance

''Geography''
* UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}
** UsefulNotes/LeMetropolitain (Paris's transit system)
* UsefulNotes/DepartementalIssues (Administrative divisions of France)

''History and Politics''
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys (a common stereotype)
* FrenchJerk (another common stereotype)
* MauriceChevalierAccent (an even more common stereotype, found even in serious works)
* LesCopsSportif (French police)
* UsefulNotes/FrenchCourts
* UsefulNotes/OldFrenchMoney
* UsefulNotes/LEtatCestMoi (Louis XIV and the other Louises)
* UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution
* NapoleonBonaparte (TheNapoleon is a different trope)
* TheFrenchColonialEmpire
* FrenchPoliticalSystem
* UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades
** UsefulNotes/TheUltimateResistance (French nuclear weapons)
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII
** LaResistance
** LesCollaborateurs
** UsefulNotes/MaginotLine

''France in popular culture''
* ''Literature/LeRomanDeRose''
* Creator/CharlesPerrault
* Literature/The120DaysOfSodom
* Literature/{{Candide}}
* Literature/DangerousLiaisons
* ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''
* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''
* Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays
* Literature/ThereseRaquin
* Literature/LesMiserables
* Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon
* Film/ATripToTheMoon
* Literature/MadameBovary
* Literature/ArseneLupin
* Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera
* ''ComicStrip/{{Becassine}}''
* Creator/EdithPiaf
* ''Film/LesEnfantDeParadis''
* Literature/TheLittlePrince
* Film/LaBelleEtLaBete
* Creator/MauriceChevalier
* Film/AnAmericanInParis
* Creator/GeorgesBrassens
* ''ComicStrip/{{Asterix}}''
* Creator/BrigitteBardot
* Film/AndGodCreatedWoman
* Creator/CatherineDeneuve
* Film/MrHulotsHoliday
* Film/TheRedBalloon
* Film/LastYearAtMarienbad
* Creator/LouisDeFunes
* Film/LeGendarmeDeSaintTropez
* Film/LaGrandeVadrouille
* Creator/SergeGainsbourg
* Film/LaCageAuxFolles
* Film/FantasticPlanet
* ComicStrip/{{Iznogoud}}
* Inspector Clouseau of the ''Pink Panther'' films is supposedly French.
* Creator/GerardDepardieu
* ''Film/JeanDeFlorette'' and ''Film/ManonDesSources''
* Film/{{Delicatessen}}
* Film/LaHaine
* Film/{{Taxi}}
* The Simpsons episode Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E11TheCrepesOfWrath
* Film/BeautyAndTheBeast takes place in France.
* ''Film/{{Amelie}}''
* WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville


[[/index]]

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[[folder: the French national anthem ]]


->Allons enfants de la patrie,
->Le jour de gloire est arrivé !
->Contre nous, de la tyrannie
->L'étendard sanglant est levé. (bis)
->Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
->Mugir ces féroces soldats ?
->Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras
->Égorger vos fils et vos compagnes !

->Aux armes, citoyens !
->Formez vos bataillons !
->Marchons, marchons,
->Qu'un sang impur abreuve nos sillons !

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->Let us go, children of the motherland,
->The day of glory has come!
->Against us ,the tyranny's
->bloody flag has been raised. (bis)
->Can you hear in the countryside,
->These ferocious soldiers bellowing?
->They come all the way into your arms
->[[KickTheDog To cut your sons and wives' throats!]]

->To arms, citizens!
->Form your batallions!
->Let us march, let us march,
->[[{{Squick}} And let an impure blood flow into our furrows!]]

It was written by [[OverlyLongName Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle]] as a military song during the 1792 war against European royalists. The "impure blood" is a topic of controversy: one interpretation is that it designates the blood of the patriots [[HeroicSacrifice who sacrifice themselves for freedom]], opposed to the self-proclaimed [[BlueBlood "pure blood"]] of the nobles. Another, opposite one, is that it is the blood of the enemy.

This is the first verse of seven (in the final version). Rest assured: they are all equally violent.


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[[folder: The French flag ]]

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->The ''Tricolor'' was conceived during the FrenchRevolution, and its design and/or colors have since been copied by other countries undergoing revolution. Blue and red are traditional colors of UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}, associated with Saints Martin and Denis, Bishops of Tours and Paris, respectively; white was added by Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, to symbolize the nation.
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