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    France Geography - 1990

      Total area: 547,030 km2
      land area: 545,630 km2; includes Corsica and the rest of metropolitan France, but excludes the overseas administrative divisions

      Comparative area: slightly more than twice the size of Colorado

      Land boundaries: 2,892.4 km total; Andorra 60 km, Belgium 620 km, FRG 451 km, Italy 488 km, Luxembourg 73 km, Monaco 4.4 km, Spain 623 km, Switzerland 573 km

      Coastline: 3,427 km (includes Corsica, 644 km)

      Maritime claims:

      Contiguous zone: 12-24 nm;

      Extended economic zone: 200 nm;

      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Disputes: maritime boundary dispute with Canada (St. Pierre and Miquelon); Madagascar claims Bassas da India, Europa Island, Glorioso Islands, Juan de Nova Island, and Tromelin Island; Comoros claims Mayotte; Mauritius claims Tromelin Island; Seychelles claims Tromelin Island; Suriname claims part of French Guiana; territorial claim in Antarctica (Adelie Land)

      Climate: generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean

      Terrain: mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alps in east

      Natural resources: coal, iron ore, bauxite, fish, timber, zinc, potash

      Land use: 32% arable land; 2% permanent crops; 23% meadows and pastures; 27% forest and woodland; 16% other; includes 2% irrigated

      Environment: most of large urban areas and industrial centers in Rhone, Garonne, Seine, or Loire River basins; occasional warm tropical wind known as mistral

      Note: largest West European nation

      NOTE: The information regarding France on this page is re-published from the 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of France Geography 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about France Geography 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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