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    France Geography - 2006

      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

      Geographic coordinates:
      46 00 N, 2 00 E

      Map references:

      total: 547,030 sq km
      land: 545,630 sq km
      water: 1,400 sq km
      note: includes only metropolitan France; excludes the overseas administrative divisions

      Area - comparative:
      slightly less than twice the size of Colorado

      Land boundaries:
      total: 2,889 km
      border countries: Andorra 56.6 km, Belgium 620 km, Germany 451 km, Italy 488 km, Luxembourg 73 km, Monaco 4.4 km, Spain 623 km, Switzerland 573 km

      3,427 km

      Maritime claims:
      territorial sea: 12 nm
      contiguous zone: 24 nm
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm (does not apply to the Mediterranean)
      continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation

      generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as mistral

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

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Rhone River delta -2 m
      highest point: Mont Blanc 4,807 m

      Natural resources:
      coal, iron ore, bauxite, zinc, uranium, antimony, arsenic, potash, feldspar, fluorospar, gypsum, timber, fish

      Land use:
      arable land: 33.46%
      permanent crops: 2.03%
      other: 64.51% (2005)

      Irrigated land:
      26,000 sq km (2003)

      Natural hazards:
      flooding; avalanches; midwinter windstorms; drought; forest fires in south near the Mediterranean

      Environment - current issues:
      some forest damage from acid rain; air pollution from industrial and vehicle emissions; water pollution from urban wastes, agricultural runoff

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Sulfur 85, Air Pollution-Sulfur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Seals, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling
      signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

      Geography - note:
      largest West European nation

      NOTE: The information regarding France on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of France Geography 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about France Geography 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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