France is a founding member of the European Union and one of the strongest economies in the bloc. It is one of the world's wealthiest nations.
France is situated largely in western Europe, but also comprises several overseas regions and territories. Its capital is Paris. France is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and also belongs to NATO, the World Trade Organization and the Group of Seven major industrialized nations. This is a collection of DW's latest content on France.
Talking of seismic predictions, after Brexit and Donald Trump in 2016, will France be the next country to ride the populist wave? That's a question many are asking as the country gears up for presidential elections this spring…and just maybe, some believe, French far right leader Marine Le Pen could be the face of 2017. Lisa Bryant takes a look at the National Front president and her appeal.