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France is a unitary

Post by kosovohp on Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:04 am

France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its main ideals expressed in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. The French Republic is defined as indivisible, secular, democratic and social by its constitution.[17] France is one of the world's most developed countries[18] and possesses the fifth largest economy by nominal GDP[19] and Europe's second largest economy. France enjoys a high standard of living as well as a high public education level, and has also one of the world's highest life expectancies.[20] It is the most visited country in the world, receiving 82 million foreign tourists annually.[21] France has the world's fourth largest nominal military budget, the third largest military in NATO and EU's largest army. France also possesses the third largest nuclear weapons stockpile in the world[22]-with ~300 active warheads as of 25 May 2010- and the world's second largest diplomatic network (only second to the network of the United States)[23].

France is a founding member of the United Nations, and a member of the Francophonie, the G8, G20, NATO, OECD, WTO, and the Latin Union. It also is a founding member state of the European Union and is the largest one by area.[24] It is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. In 2007, France was listed 14th on the Human Development Index and 24th on the Corruption Perceptions Index.

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