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FRANCE 

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Total Population: 66,028,467

Natural Increase: 0.5%

Density: 121 Inhabitants/km²

Urban Population: 79.1%

Capital : Paris

Population of main cities including suburbs: Paris (11,769,000); Lyon (1,665,000);Marseille (1,605,000); Lille (1,143,000); Bordeaux (1,010,000); Nice (943,000);Toulouse (851,000); Nantes (804,000); Strasbourg (639,000); Montpellier (252,000); Rennes (206,000).

Ethnic Origins: A mix of Celtic and Latin peoples with North African, African and Asian minorities.

Official Language: French

Other Languages Spoken: The regional languages (Breton, Corsican, Catalan, etc.) are only spoken locally and by a minority of French people.

Business Language(s): While French is the official language in France, many business people speak English. According to the type of company contacted, its geographical location and sector of activity, it may be difficult to find someone who speaks English. Being able to communicate and negotiate in the French language provide a distinct advantage.

Religion: Catholics 62%, Protestants 1%, Jews 1%, Muslims 6%, No religion 26%.

Area: 549,091 km²

Type of State: Republic, parliamentary democracy combined with presidential power.

Type of Economy: High-income economy, OECD member, G8 member. 
The world's leading tourist destination; one of the top ten export powers of the world; a relatively high unemployment rate (regularly to about 10%).

HDI*: 0.885/1

HDI (World Rank): 20/187

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Foreign Trade in Figures 

Foreign Trade Indicators

2010

2011

2012

2013

Imports of Goods (million USD)

609,650

720,029

674,415

680,673

Exports of Goods (million USD)

523,460

596,473

568,920

579,647

Imports of Services (million USD)

167,223

190,932

173,988

188,083

Exports of Services (million USD)

195,308

234,402

215,507

233,288

 

 Source: WTO - World Trade Organization - Last Available Data.

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