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 advancing with plans to close its Fessenheim nuclear power plant on the border with Germany. The French environment minister said concerns about job losses can be addressed through opportunities in Germany.
France cannot enact pro-European reforms without Germany's involvement, the French president said after meeting with the German chancellor. Macron urged Germany's SPD to move forward with another Merkel-led coalition.
Brittany, in the north-west of France, has seen a huge rise of enthusiasm for regional Breton culture in recent years. Many show little enthusiasm for the nationalist politics that get so many people fired up in Scotland, the Basque Country or Flanders. But some now believe that independence for Brittany is just a matter of time. This report from John Laurenson in the Breton town of Vannes.
This week marked the second anniversary of the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, which loosened sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. Germany, Britain and France are among the signatories along with the US and Russia. But as Teri Schultz reports, US President Donald Trump has said he wants to kill the agreement that Europe says is working to keep the world safer.
Fighting populism and xenophobia, and championing human rights is bearing fruit, according to Human Rights Watch's World Report 2018. France leads the way, Germany is a mixed bag, the US and Britain are falling behind.