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 new French president will host Vladimir Putin next Monday, for a first meeting since he pledged to deal firmly with Russia. Despite rifts over Syria, Ukraine and cyber attacks, experts predict interesting talks.
Will the far right profit from snap elections in Austria - State election boost for Angela Merkel - Two Turks on hunger strike to save their jobs – Concerns over the Polish constitution - Is liberal democracy under threat in the Czech Republic? - The rent crisis in Madrid pushing people out of their homes - Intellectual gardens are enjoying a renaissance in France – Nightingales over Berlin
Restoration work has been completed on the geometrical gardens attached to the magnificent Chateau of Chambord in France's Loire Valley. They were the pride of the castle three centuries ago. Pioneered during the reign of the so-called Sun King, Louis the 14th, these extraordinarily formal and intellectual gardens are undergoing a revival in the country of their birth. John Laurenson has more.