Is France a Country?

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France is a country located in western Europe. France has a president who is elected by a popular vote every five years although many of the day-to-day operations in the country are handled by a prime minister. Paris is the capital city of France.

By area, France is the largest country in the European Union and the 42nd largest country in the world. As of 2014, the population of France is 66,616,416, making it the second most populous country in the European Union and the 20th in the world. France has ownership of the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea, French Guiana in South America as well as the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion and Mayotte.