The main natural resources of France are iron ore, salt, sulfur, bauxite, zinc, uranium, antimony, arsenic, potash, feldspar, fluorspar and gypsum. The country also has substantial amounts of renewable energy and is known for its extensive timber and fishing industries.Continue Reading
France's mineral resources have been heavily depleted over the years, but it still has significant deposits of potash (in Alsace), uranium (in the Massif Central), salt (in Lorraine and Franche-Comté) and sulfur (in Aquitaine). Coal used to be the main mineral resource, but the last mine was closed in 2004. Sources of bauxite, lead, zinc and silver still exist, albeit in very small amounts.
France's fishing industry is an important resource, although not as fruitful as it was in the past. Shellfish are abundant on the Atlantic coast, while the country's Mediterranean coast has fisheries on a much smaller scale. Forests of pine and fir mean that wood lumber, paper and pulp resources are available, although demand does exceed its availability.
Wind and hydro-electric power are fast becoming vital resources in France as of 2015, with the country's mountainous terrain and blustery conditions producing plenty of energy. Wind power generated nearly 3 percent of the electricity used by France in 2010, and that may well increase, as the country has the second largest wind resource in Europe.Learn more about France
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France is a democratic republic situated in western Europe along the Atlantic Ocean. Its name in French is the Republique Française. The name is derived from the Latin word Francia, referring to the Franks, a Germanic tribe that inhabited the region during the latter days of the Roman Empire.Full Answer >
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France comprises a total area of about 246,000 square miles, making it the 43rd-largest country in the world and the largest country in the European Union. France has a total population of about 66.2 million people as of 2014, making it the 22nd-most populated country in the world.Full Answer >