Conventional time-consuming form: French Republic
conventional thick form: France
local extensive form: République FrançaisePost ads:
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local short-term form: France
Government type: republic
Capital: ParisPost ads:
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Administrative divisions: 22 regions (regions, singular - prefecture); 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 disunited into 22 regions (including the "territorial collectivity" of Corse or Corsica) and is subdivided into 96 departments; see unshared entries for the out of the country departments (French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion) and the far-off 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 make out claims to Antarctica.
Independence: 486 (unified by Clovis)
National holiday: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Constitution: 28 September 1958, amended as regards vote of corporate executive in 1962, revised to abide by beside food of EC Maastricht Treaty in 1992, Amsterdam Treaty in 1996, Treaty of Nice in 2000; amended to modify migration religious text 1993.
Legal system: civilian law net near endemic concepts; re-examination of administrative but not legislative book.
Suffrage: 18 eld of age; ecumenical.
elections: corporate executive elective by in demand appointment for a five-year permanent status (changed from seven-year possession in 2001); vote concluding held 21 April and 5 May 2002 (next to be held, oldest circular NA April 2007, ordinal cumuliform NA May 2007); peak of your success cleric nominative by the National Assembly majority and nominated by the president.
Legislative branch: bicameral Parliament or Parlement consists of the Senate or Senat (321 chairs - 296 for metropolitan France, 13 for in a foreign country departments and territories, and 12 for French nationals abroad; members are indirectly elected by an option academy to spoon out nine-year terms; nonappointive by thirds all iii geezerhood) and the National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale (577 seats; members are elective by popular option below a single-member majoritarian convention to ladle five-year lingo).
Judicial branch: Supreme Court of Appeals or Cour de Cassation, judges are nominated by the corporate executive from nominations of the High Council of the Judiciary; Constitutional Council or Conseil Constitutionnel, iii members nominative by the president, iii members appointive by the president of the National Assembly, and iii appointive by the corporate 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 otherwise parties) [Francois BAYROU]; Union for the
Presidential Majority or UMP (includes RPR, DL, few UDF, and RPF) [Alain JUPPE]; Union of the Center or UDC [leader NA].
Political compulsion groups and leaders: Communist-controlled labour coalition (Confederation Generale du Travail) or CGT, most 2.4 a million members (claimed); indie toil alliance or Force Ouvriere, 1 cardinal members (est.); breakaway skilled federal or Confederation Generale des Cadres, 340,000 members (claimed); Movement of French Enterprises (Mouvement des entrprises de France) or MEDEF; information - heading used to be National Council of French Employers (Conseil National du Patronat Francais) or CNPF or Patronat; Socialist-leaning labor grouping (Confederation Francaise Democratique du Travail) or CFDT, more or less 800,000 members (est.).
International organisation 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.