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France The Facts

  • Full name: French Republic 
  • Population: 61.6 million (UN, 2007) 
  • Capital: Paris 
  • Area: 543,965 sq km (210,026 sq miles) 
  • Major language: French 
  • Major religion: Christianity 
  • Life expectancy: 77 years (men), 84 years (women) (UN) 
  • Monetary unit: 1 euro = 100 cents 
  • Main exports: Machinery and transport equipment, agricultural products, including wine 
  • GNI per capita: US $34,810 (World Bank, 2006) 
  • Internet domain: .fr 
  • International dialling code: +33 
  • President: Nicolas Sarkozy 
  • Prime minister: Francois Fillon
  • The press
    • Le Monde - respected national daily, considered to be France's newspaper of record
    • Liberation - national daily, founded in 1973 by philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, centre-left leaning
    • Le Figaro - national daily, centre-right leaning
    • Ouest France - Rennes-based; France's best-selling daily
    • L'Express - news weekly
    • Le Point - news weekly 
  • Television
    • France 2 - national, main public TV network
    • France 3 - national, public
    • France 5 - national, public, educational
    • TF1 - national, commercial
    • M6 - national, commercial
    • La Chaine Info - rolling news
    • France 24 - global news channel, owned by public broadcaster and TF1; services in
    • French, English, Arabic
    • TV5 Monde - international French-language TV, with programmes from French, Belgian,
    • Swiss and Canadian public broadcasters
    • Canal Plus - national, subscription channel 
  • Radio
    • Radio France - operates national and regional outlets, including speech-based France Inter and all-news France Info
    • Radio France Internationale (RFI) - international broadcaster, via shortwave and FM relays worldwide
    • Europe 1 - major commercial station, news and entertainment
    • RTL - major commercial station, speech and music
    • NRJ - commercial, leading hit music network 
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