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Title: France and the Benelux Countries

France and the Benelux Countries
  • France is the largest country in Western Europe.
  • In 1958 after years of instability of government,
    French voters agreed to a new constitution that
    gave more power to the president and established
    a strong republic.

President of French Republic- Nicolas Sarkozdy
France and the Benelux Countries
  • The official language of France is French, and
    many people have migrated to France from French
    colonies such as North Africa and Asia.
  • Most of Frances religion is primarily Roman
  • Most of France is urbanized with 3 out of 4
    people living in cities.

Lyon, France the second largest city in France.
France and the Benelux Countries
  • On July 14th the French celebrate their nation
    and culture with fireworks and celebrations. It
    marks when France took over the Bastille and
    common people had a greater role in the
  • A big part of Frances culture is their sports
    with soccer and cycling being the primary sports.

Bastille Day in France
France and the Benelux Countries
  • The Tour De France is the nations biggest
    cultural sport. The race is covers more than 2200
    miles and lasts three weeks. The race is broken
    down into stages and ends every year in Paris.

Map of the 2012 Tour De France- Stages
France and the Benelux Countries
  • France is a parliamentary democracy (Republic)
    and its power is similar to the United States
    with an executive, judicial, and legislative
    branches of the government.
  • The president of France has a five year term and
    overseas foreign affairs, while the prime
    minister he appoints takes care of the daily
    operation of the French government.

Current Prime Minister of France Francois Fillon
France and the Benelux Countries
  • France has one of the worlds strongest
    economies. It is a major producer of cars,
    trains, airplanes, and farm produce because of
    the very fertile Northern European Plain.

Peugeot Car Company
Grapes of France
Renault Car Company
France and the Benelux Countries
  • France is a member of the European Union and has
    been the worlds top tourist destination because
    of its historic sites, museums, castles, and
    cathedrals. The top tourist destination is the
    Eiffel tower in Paris.

Beaches in Normandy, France
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.
France and the Benelux Countries
  • The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg belong
    to an economic Union known as the Benelux.
  • The countries of the Benelux are similar in many
  • All are constitutional monarchies, highly
    urbanized, and all belong to the European Union.

France and the Benelux Countries
  • The Netherlands is a densely populated country.
    (a larger than average number of people for a
    given unit of space)
  • With living space scarce it is a highly
    urbanized area.
  • The Official language of the Netherlands is Dutch
    and with most of Europe the dominant religion is
    Roman Catholic.

Largest city is Amsterdam, Netherlands its capital
France and the Benelux Countries
  • Belgium at one time had been a part of
    Netherlands, but gained its independence in 1830.
  • There are three official languages in Belgium,
    Dutch, French, and German.
  • Belgium has a successful economy because of its
    location, although with its location it has been
    a battleground for World War I and II.

The largest city and its capital- Belgium.
France and the Benelux Countries
  • Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in
    Europe and broke away from the Netherlands in
  • Luxembourg similar to Belgium has three official
    languages, Dutch, German, and Luxembourgish.
  • For that reason many people in Luxembourg are

The Largest city in Luxembourg is the city of
Luxembourg ?