Conventional extended form: French Republic
conventional squat form: France
local nightlong form: République FrançaisePost ads:
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local short-dated form: France
Government type: republic
Capital: ParisPost ads:
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Administrative divisions: 22 regions (regions, singular - part); Alsace, Aquitaine, Auvergne, Basse-Normandie, Bourgogne, Bretagne, Centre, Champagne-Ardenne, Corse, Franche-Comte, Haute-Normandie, Ile-de-France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limousin, Lorraine, Midi-Pyrenees, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pays de la Loire, Picardie, Poitou-Charentes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Rhone-Alpes.
note: municipality France is pronged into 22 regions (including the "territorial collectivity" of Corse or Corsica) and is subdivided into 96 departments; see unfasten entries for the foreign departments (French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion) and the out of the country territorial collectivities (Mayotte, Saint Pierre and Miquelon).
Dependent areas: Bassas da India, Clipperton Island, Europa Island, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Glorioso Islands, Juan de Nova Island, New Caledonia, Tromelin Island, Wallis and Futuna.
note: the US does not know claims to Antarctica.
Independence: 486 (unified by Clovis)
National holiday: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Constitution: 28 September 1958, amended about vote of corporate executive in 1962, revised to comply beside provisions of EC Maastricht Treaty in 1992, Amsterdam Treaty in 1996, Treaty of Nice in 2000; revised to fasten in-migration religious text 1993.
Legal system: courteous law set-up next to native concepts; re-evaluation of body but not assembly acts of the apostles.
Suffrage: 18 old age of age; general.
elections: president nonappointive by favorite voting for a five-year term (changed from seven-year term in 2001); election past held 21 April and 5 May 2002 (next to be held, original fat NA April 2007, 2nd discoid NA May 2007); peak of your success priest appointed by the National Assembly number and appointed by the corporate executive.
Legislative branch: bicameral Parliament or Parlement consists of the Senate or Senat (321 chairs - 296 for municipality France, 13 for overseas departments and territories, and 12 for French nationals abroad; members are obliquely elected by an choice academy to tennis shot nine-year terms; electoral by thirds every 3 age) and the National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale (577 seats; members are elective by having mass appeal voting under a single-member majoritarian group to serve five-year vocabulary).
Judicial branch: Supreme Court of Appeals or Cour de Cassation, bench are appointed by the corporate executive from nominations of the High Council of the Judiciary; Constitutional Council or Conseil Constitutionnel, 3 members nominative by the president, cardinal members nominated by the corporate executive of the National Assembly, and cardinal nonelective by the business executive of the Senate; Council of State or Conseil d'Etat.
Political parties and leaders: Citizens Movement or MdC [Jean Pierre CHEVENEMENT]; Communist, Republican, and Citizen or CRC (mainly PCF) [leader NA]; Democratic and European Social Rally or RDES (mainly RAD and PRG) [leader NA]; French Communist Party or PCF [Robert HUE]; Generation Ecology [Brice LALONDE]; Independent Ecological Movement or MEI [Antoine WAECHTER]; Left Radical Party or PRG (previously Radical Socialist Party or PRS and the Left Radical Movement or MRG) [Jean-Michel BAYLET]; Liberal-Christian Right [Charles MILLON]; Liberal Democracy or DL (originally Republican Party or PR) [Alain MADELIN]; Movement for France or MPF [Philippe DE VILLIERS]; Movement of Reformers [Jean-Pierre SOISSON]; National Front or FN [Jean-Marie LE PEN]; National Republican Movement [Bruno MEGRET]; Popular Party for French Democracy or PPDF [Herve DE CHARETTE]; Radical Party or RP [Francois LOOS]; Rally for France or RPF [Charles PASQUA]; Rally for the Republic or RPR [Michelle ALLIOT-MARIE]; Republicans and Independents or RI (mainly DL) [leader NA]; Socialist Party or PS [Francois HOLLANDE]; The Greens [Dominique VOYNET]; Union for French Democracy or UDF (coalition of DL, CDS, UDF, RP, and some other parties) [Francois BAYROU]; Union for the
Presidential Majority or UMP (includes RPR, DL, many UDF, and RPF) [Alain JUPPE]; Union of the Center or UDC [leader NA].
Political constant worry groups and leaders: Communist-controlled work union (Confederation Generale du Travail) or CGT, well-nigh 2.4 cardinal members (claimed); self-sufficient work federation or Force Ouvriere, 1 a million members (est.); self-directed white-collar federal or Confederation Generale des Cadres, 340,000 members (claimed); Movement of French Enterprises (Mouvement des entrprises de France) or MEDEF; register - nickname utilised to be National Council of French Employers (Conseil National du Patronat Francais) or CNPF or Patronat; Socialist-leaning toil grouping (Confederation Francaise Democratique du Travail) or CFDT, going on for 800,000 members (est.).
International management participation: ACCT, AfDB, AsDB, Australia Group, BDEAC, BIS, CCC, CDB (non-regional), CE, CERN, EAPC, EBRD, ECA (associate), ECE, ECLAC, EIB, EMU, ESA, ESCAP, EU, FAO, FZ, G- 5, G- 7, G-10, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat, InOC, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MINURSO, MIPONUH, MONUC, NAM (guest), NATO, NEA, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OPCW, OSCE, PCA, SPC, UN, UN Security Council, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIFIL, UNIKOM, UNITAR, UNMIBH, UNMIK, UNOMIG, UNRWA, UNTSO, UNU, UPU, WADB (nonregional), WCL, WEU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO, ZC.