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.
The foreign ministers of Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia have failed to agree on a roadmap for the peace process in eastern Ukraine. Germany's Steinmeier said paying "lip service" to the conflict would not solve it.
Fillon, a socially conservative free-marketeer, won France's centre-right presidential primaries on Sunday, setting up a likely showdown next year with far-right leader Marine Le Pen. He won over 67 percent of the vote in a head-to-head battle with Alain Juppe. Fillon plans on shaking up the French economic system, to make the market more flexible for France's entrepreneurs.
Francois Fillon has won France's first-ever conservative primary ahead of next year's presidential election, declaring victory over moderate Alain Juppe. Fillon will likely face off against the far-right's Marine Le Pen.