Official Name: La République Française (The French Republic)
Area: 210,026 sq mi (547,030 sq km)
Comparative Area: 1 1/3 time larger than California
2 1/4 times larger than the UK
Capital City: Paris
Latitude and Longitude: 48 52 00 N, 002 20 00 E
Est. Population: 60,424,213 (July 2004)
Official Language: French
Terrain: mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west;
remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alpsin east
Currency: Euro (EUR)
No. Bird Species: 533  (1 Endemic:  Corsican Nuthatch   Sitta whiteheadi)