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.
France is in election mode with a presidential vote coming up in one month's time. That means public political debate is in full swing. "Les intellectuels," or intellectuals, have long set the agenda for political debate in France. But since the intellectual glory years of left-leaning giants like Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, France's intellectuals have moved sharply to the right.