France, also know as the French Republic, is situated in Western Europe and also has several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. France in Western Europe extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. France is also known as The Hexagon, because of its geometric shape.
France has by Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany on its north and Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Spain and Andorra on its East and South.
The overseas territories of France share borders with Brazil and Suriname (bordering French Guiana), and the Netherlands Antilles (bordering Saint-Martin). France is linked to the United Kingdom by the Channel Tunnel, which passes beneath the English Channel.
France is the largest member by area of the European Union. It is also the third largest country in Europe behind Russia and Ukraine.
France has been one of the major powers for many centuries with strong economic, cultural, military and political influence.
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