FACTS / France is the largest country in Western Europe and the third-largest in Europe as a whole. It is one of three countries (Morocco, Spain) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. It possesses the 2nd-largest exclusive economic zone in the world. France has been a major power with strong cultural, economic, military, and political influence in Europe and around the world. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, France built the second-largest colonial empire of the time, ruling large portions of first North America and India and then Northwest and Central Africa; Madagascar; Indochina andKouang-Tchéou-Wan; and many Caribbean and Pacific Islands. France is a developed country, possessing the world's 9th-largest economy by purchasing power parity and Europe's 4th largest. In terms of total household wealth, France is the wealthiest nation in Europe and 4th in the world. French citizens enjoy a high standard of living, high public education level, and one of the world's longest life expectancies. France has been listed as the world's "best overall health care" provider by the World Health Organization. It is the most-visited country in the world, receiving 83 million foreign tourists annually. The country has the world's 6th-largest military budget and the 3rd-largest deployable force in NATO. France possesses the 3rd-largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world and the world's 2nd-largest diplomatic corps behind the US.
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|Paris Monaco Lyons Nice Cannes Saint-Tropez Bordeaux Marseille Toulouse|