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NamePeynier
Geographical TypeLocality
Population3059
Latitude
Longitude
CountryFrance
Administrative DivisionProvence-Alpes-Côte-dAzur
2nd Administrative DivisionBouches-du-Rhône
3rd Administrative DivisionBouches-du-Rhône
Dictionary Results for France:
1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
France
    n 1: a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in
         Europe [syn: France, French Republic]
    2: French writer of sophisticated novels and short stories
       (1844-1924) [syn: France, Anatole France, Jacques
       Anatole Francois Thibault]

2. CIA World Factbook 2002
France

   Introduction France
   -------------------
                            Background: Although ultimately a victor in
                                        World Wars I and II, France suffered
                                        extensive losses in its empire,
                                        wealth, manpower, and rank as a
                                        dominant nation-state. Nevertheless,
                                        France today is one of the most
                                        modern countries in the world and is
                                        a leader among European nations.
                                        Since 1958, it has constructed a
                                        presidential democracy resistant to
                                        the instabilities experienced in
                                        earlier parliamentary democracies.
                                        In recent years, its reconciliation
                                        and cooperation with Germany have
                                        proved central to the economic
                                        integration of Europe, including the
                                        advent of the euro in January 1999.
                                        Presently, France is at the
                                        forefront of European states seeking
                                        to exploit the momentum of monetary
                                        union to advance the creation of a
                                        more unified and capable European
                                        defense and security apparatus.
  
   Geography France
   ----------------
                              Location: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of
                                        Biscay and English Channel, between
                                        Belgium and Spain, southeast of the
                                        UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea,
                                        between Italy and Spain
                Geographic coordinates: 46 00 N, 2 00 E
                        Map references: Europe
                                  Area: total: 547,030 sq km
                                        land: 545,630 sq km
                                        note: includes only metropolitan
                                        France; excludes the overseas
                                        administrative divisions
                                        water: 1,400 sq km
                    Area - comparative: slightly less than twice the size of
                                        Colorado
                       Land boundaries: total: 2,889 km
                                        border countries: Andorra 56.6 km,
                                        Belgium 620 km, Germany 451 km,
                                        Italy 488 km, Luxembourg 73 km,
                                        Monaco 4.4 km, Spain 623 km,
                                        Switzerland 573 km
                             Coastline: 3,427 km
                       Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 24 NM
                                        territorial sea: 12 NM
                                        continental shelf: 200-m depth or to
                                        the depth of exploitation
                                        exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
                                        (does not apply to the
                                        Mediterranean)
                               Climate: generally cool winters and mild
                                        summers, but mild winters and hot
                                        summers along the Mediterranean;
                                        occasional strong, cold, dry, north-
                                        to-northwesterly wind known as
                                        mistral
                               Terrain: mostly flat plains or gently rolling
                                        hills in north and west; remainder
                                        is mountainous, especially Pyrenees
                                        in south, Alps in east
                    Elevation extremes: lowest point: Rhone River delta -2 m
  
                                        highest point: Mont Blanc 4,807 m
                     Natural resources: coal, iron ore, bauxite, zinc,
                                        potash, timber, fish
                              Land use: arable land: 33.3%
                                        permanent crops: 2.11%
                                        other: 64.58% (1998 est.)
                        Irrigated land: 20,000 sq km (1998 est.)
                       Natural hazards: flooding; avalanches; midwinter
                                        windstorms; drought; forest fires in
                                        south near the Mediterranean
          Environment - current issues: some forest damage from acid rain
                                        (major forest damage occurred as a
                                        result of severe December 1999
                                        windstorm); air pollution from
                                        industrial and vehicle emissions;
                                        water pollution from urban wastes,
                                        agricultural runoff
            Environment - international party to: Air Pollution, Air
                            agreements: Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air
                                        Pollution-Sulphur 85, Air Pollution-
                                        Sulphur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile
                                        Organic Compounds, Antarctic-
                                        Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-
                                        Marine Living Resources, Antarctic
                                        Seals, Antarctic Treaty,
                                        Biodiversity, Climate Change,
                                        Desertification, Endangered Species,
                                        Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea,
                                        Marine Dumping, Marine Life
                                        Conservation, Ozone Layer
                                        Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical
                                        Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94,
                                        Wetlands, Whaling
                                        signed, but not ratified: Air
                                        Pollution-Persistent Organic
                                        Pollutants, Climate Change-Kyoto
                                        Protocol
                      Geography - note: largest West European nation
  
   People France
   -------------
                            Population: 59,765,983 (July 2002 est.)
                         Age structure: 0-14 years: 18.5% (male 5,675,269;
                                        female 5,401,661)
                                        15-64 years: 65.2% (male 19,503,556;
                                        female 19,479,646)
                                        65 years and over: 16.3% (male
                                        3,948,433; female 5,757,418) (2002
                                        est.)
                Population growth rate: 0.35% (2002 est.)
                            Birth rate: 11.94 births/1,000 population (2002
                                        est.)
                            Death rate: 9.04 deaths/1,000 population (2002
                                        est.)
                    Net migration rate: 0.64 migrant(s)/1,000 population
                                        (2002 est.)
                             Sex ratio: at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female
                                        under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
                                        15-64 years: 1 male(s)/female
                                        65 years and over: 0.69 male(s)/
                                        female
                                        total population: 0.95 male(s)/
                                        female (2002 est.)
                 Infant mortality rate: 4.41 deaths/1,000 live births (2002
                                        est.)
              Life expectancy at birth: total population: 79.05 years
                                        female: 83.14 years (2002 est.)
                                        male: 75.17 years
                  Total fertility rate: 1.74 children born/woman (2002 est.)
      HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: 0.44% (1999 est.)
     HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ 130,000 (1999 est.)
                                  AIDS:
                     HIV/AIDS - deaths: 2,000 (1999 est.)
                           Nationality: noun: Frenchman(men), Frenchwoman
                                        (women)
                                        adjective: French
                         Ethnic groups: Celtic and Latin with Teutonic,
                                        Slavic, North African, Indochinese,
                                        Basque minorities
                             Religions: Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant
                                        2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%,
                                        unaffiliated 4%
                             Languages: French 100%, rapidly declining
                                        regional dialects and languages
                                        (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian,
                                        Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)
                              Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read
                                        and write
                                        total population: 99%
                                        male: 99%
                                        female: 99% (1980 est.)
  
   Government France
   -----------------
                          Country name: conventional long form: French
                                        Republic
                                        conventional short form: France
                                        local long form: Republique
                                        Francaise
                                        local short form: France
                       Government type: republic
                               Capital: Paris
              Administrative divisions: 22 regions (regions, singular -
                                        region); 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: metropolitan France is divided
                                        into 22 regions (including the
                                        "territorial collectivity" of Corse
                                        or Corsica) and is subdivided into
                                        96 departments; see separate entries
                                        for the overseas departments (French
                                        Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique,
                                        Reunion) and the overseas
                                        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 recognize
                                        claims to Antarctica
                          Independence: 486 (unified by Clovis)
                      National holiday: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
                          Constitution: 28 September 1958, amended
                                        concerning election of president in
                                        1962, amended to comply with
                                        provisions of EC Maastricht Treaty
                                        in 1992, Amsterdam Treaty in 1996,
                                        Treaty of Nice in 2000; amended to
                                        tighten immigration laws 1993
                          Legal system: civil law system with indigenous
                                        concepts; review of administrative
                                        but not legislative acts
                              Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
                      Executive branch: chief of state: President Jacques
                                        CHIRAC (since 17 May 1995)
                                        head of government: Prime Minister
                                        Jean-Pierre RAFFARIN (since 7 May
                                        2002)
                                        elections: president elected by
                                        popular vote for a five-year term
                                        (changed from seven-year term in
                                        2001); election last held 21 April
                                        and 5 May 2002 (next to be held,
                                        first round NA April 2007, second
                                        round NA May 2007); prime minister
                                        nominated by the National Assembly
                                        majority and appointed by the
                                        president
                                        election results: Jacques CHIRAC
                                        reelected president; percent of
                                        vote, second ballot - Jacques CHIRAC
                                        (RPR) 81.96%, Jean-Marie LE PEN (FN)
                                        18.04%
                                        cabinet: Council of Ministers
                                        appointed by the president on the
                                        suggestion of the prime minister
                    Legislative branch: bicameral Parliament or Parlement
                                        consists of the Senate or Senat (321
                                        seats - 296 for metropolitan France,
                                        13 for overseas departments and
                                        territories, and 12 for French
                                        nationals abroad; members are
                                        indirectly elected by an electoral
                                        college to serve nine-year terms;
                                        elected by thirds every three years)
                                        and the National Assembly or
                                        Assemblee Nationale (577 seats;
                                        members are elected by popular vote
                                        under a single-member majoritarian
                                        system to serve five-year terms)
                                        election results: Senate - percent
                                        of vote by party - NA%; seats by
                                        party - RPR 83, PS 68, UDC 37, DL
                                        35, RDES 16, PCF 16, other 66;
                                        National Assembly - percent of vote
                                        by party - NA%; seats by party - PS
                                        245, RPR 140, UDF 109, PCF 37, PRS
                                        13, MEI 8, MDC 7, LDI-MPF 1, FN 1,
                                        various left 9, various right 7
                                        elections: Senate - last held 23
                                        September 2001 (next to be held NA
                                        September 2004); National Assembly -
                                        last held 25 May-1 June 1997 (next
                                        to be held, first round 9 June 2002;
                                        second round 16 June 2002)
                       Judicial branch: Supreme Court of Appeals or Cour de
                                        Cassation (judges are appointed by
                                        the president from nominations of
                                        the High Council of the Judiciary);
                                        Constitutional Council or Conseil
                                        Constitutionnel (three members
                                        appointed by the president, three
                                        appointed by the president of the
                                        National Assembly, and three
                                        appointed by the president 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 other parties)
                                        [Francois BAYROU]; Union for the
                                        Presidential Majority or UMP [leader
                                        NA]; Union of the Center or UDC
                                        [leader NA]
          Political pressure groups and Communist-controlled labor union
                               leaders: (Confederation Generale du Travail)
                                        or CGT, nearly 2.4 million members
                                        (claimed); independent labor union
                                        or Force Ouvriere, 1 million members
                                        (est.); independent white-collar
                                        union or Confederation Generale des
                                        Cadres, 340,000 members (claimed);
                                        National Council of French Employers
                                        (Conseil National du Patronat
                                        Francais) or CNPF or Patronat;
                                        Socialist-leaning labor union
                                        (Confederation Francaise
                                        Democratique du Travail) or CFDT,
                                        about 800,000 members (est.)
             International organization ACCT, AfDB, AsDB, Australia Group,
                         participation: 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- 8, G-10, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO,
                                        ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD,
                                        IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO,
                                        InOC, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU,
                                        MINURSO, MIPONUH, MONUC, NAM
                                        (guest), NATO, NEA, NSG, OAS
                                        (observer), OECD, OPCW, OSCE, PCA,
                                        SPC, UN, UN Security Council,
                                        UNAMSIL, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR,
                                        UNIDO, UNIFIL, UNIKOM, UNITAR,
                                        UNMEE, UNMIBH, UNMIK, UNMOVIC,
                                        UNOMIG, UNRWA, UNTSO, UNU, UPU, WADB
                                        (nonregional), WCL, WEU, WFTU, WHO,
                                        WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO, ZC
   Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador
                                        Francois V. BUJON DE L'ESTANG
                                        chancery: 4101 Reservoir Road NW,
                                        Washington, DC 20007
                                        FAX: [1] (202) 944-6166
                                        consulate(s) general: Atlanta,
                                        Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los
                                        Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New
                                        York, and San Francisco
                                        telephone: [1] (202) 944-6000
     Diplomatic representation from the chief of mission: Ambassador Howard
                                    US: H. LEACH
                                        embassy: 2 Avenue Gabriel, 75008
                                        Paris
                                        mailing address: PSC 116, B210 APO
                                        AE 09777
                                        telephone: [33] (1) 43-12-22-22
                                        FAX: [33] (1) 42 66 97 83
                                        consulate(s) general: Marseille,
                                        Strasbourg
                      Flag description: three equal vertical bands of blue
                                        (hoist side), white, and red; known
                                        as the French Tricouleur (Tricolor);
                                        the design and/or colors are similar
                                        to a number of other flags,
                                        including those of Belgium, Chad,
                                        Ireland, Cote d'Ivoire, Luxembourg,
                                        and Netherlands; the official flag
                                        for all French dependent areas
  
   Economy France
   --------------
                    Economy - overview: France is in the midst of
                                        transition, from a well-to-do modern
                                        economy that featured extensive
                                        government ownership and
                                        intervention to one that relies more
                                        on market mechanisms. The Socialist-
                                        led government has partially or
                                        fully privatized many large
                                        companies, banks, and insurers, but
                                        still retains large stakes in
                                        several leading firms, including Air
                                        France, France Telecom, Renault, and
                                        Thales, and remains dominant in some
                                        sectors, particularly power, public
                                        transport, and defense industries.
                                        The telecommunications sector is
                                        gradually being opened to
                                        competition. France's leaders remain
                                        committed to a capitalism in which
                                        they maintain social equity by means
                                        of laws, tax policies, and social
                                        spending that reduce income
                                        disparity and the impact of free
                                        markets on public health and
                                        welfare. The current government has
                                        lowered income taxes and introduced
                                        measures to boost employment, but
                                        has done little to reform an overly
                                        expensive pension system, rigid
                                        labor market, and restrictive
                                        bureaucracy that discourage hiring
                                        and make the tax burden one of the
                                        highest in Europe. In addition to
                                        the tax burden, the reduction of the
                                        workweek to 35 hours, which is to be
                                        extended to small firms in 2002, has
                                        drawn criticism for lowering the
                                        competitiveness of French
                                        businesses. The current economic
                                        slowdown has thrown the government's
                                        goal of balancing the budget by 2004
                                        off track.
                                   GDP: purchasing power parity - $1.51
                                        trillion (2001 est.)
                GDP - real growth rate: 2.1% (2001 est.)
                      GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $25,400
                                        (2001 est.)
           GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 3.3%
                                        industry: 25.7%
                                        services: 71% (2000)
         Population below poverty line: NA%
     Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: 2.8%
                      percentage share: highest 10%: 25.1% (1995)
   Distribution of family income - Gini 32.7 (1995)
                                 index:
      Inflation rate (consumer prices): 1.7% (2001 est.)
                           Labor force: 26.6 million (2001 est.)
           Labor force - by occupation: services 71%, industry 25%,
                                        agriculture 4% (1997)
                     Unemployment rate: 8.9% (2001 est.)
                                Budget: revenues: $210 billion
                                        expenditures: $240 billion,
                                        including capital expenditures of
                                        $NA (2000 est.)
                            Industries: machinery, chemicals, automobiles,
                                        metallurgy, aircraft, electronics;
                                        textiles, food processing; tourism
     Industrial production growth rate: 1.3% (2001)
              Electricity - production: 513.924 billion kWh (2000)
    Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 9.55%
                                        hydro: 12.98%
                                        other: 0.73% (2000)
                                        nuclear: 76.74%
             Electricity - consumption: 408.514 billion kWh (2000)
                 Electricity - exports: 73.172 billion kWh (2000)
                 Electricity - imports: 3.737 billion kWh (2000)
                Agriculture - products: wheat, cereals, sugar beets,
                                        potatoes, wine grapes; beef, dairy
                                        products; fish
                               Exports: $293.3 billion (f.o.b., 2001)
                 Exports - commodities: machinery and transportation
                                        equipment, aircraft, plastics,
                                        chemicals, pharmaceutical products,
                                        iron and steel, beverages
                    Exports - partners: EU 61% (Germany 14%, UK 10%, Spain
                                        9%, Italy 9%, Benelux 8%), US 9%
                                        (2000)
                               Imports: $292.6 billion (f.o.b., 2001)
                 Imports - commodities: machinery and equipment, vehicles,
                                        crude oil, aircraft, plastics,
                                        chemicals
                    Imports - partners: EU 63% (Germany 17%, Benelux 10%,
                                        Italy 9%, UK 8%), US 7% (2000)
                       Debt - external: $106 billion (1998)
                  Economic aid - donor: ODA, $6.3 billion (1997)
                              Currency: euro (EUR); French franc (FRF)
                                        note: on 1 January 1999, the
                                        European Monetary Union introduced
                                        the euro as a common currency to be
                                        used by financial institutions of
                                        member countries; on 1 January 2002,
                                        the euro became the sole currency
                                        for everyday transactions within the
                                        member countries
                         Currency code: EUR; FRF
                        Exchange rates: euros per US dollar - 1.1324
                                        (January 2002), 1.1175 (2001),
                                        1.0854 (2000), 0.9386 (1999); French
                                        francs per US dollar - 5.65 (January
                                        1999), 5.8995 (1998), 5.8367 (1997)
                           Fiscal year: calendar year
  
   Communications France
   ---------------------
        Telephones - main lines in use: 34.86 million (yearend 1998)
          Telephones - mobile cellular: 11.078 million (yearend 1998)
                      Telephone system: general assessment: highly developed
  
                                        domestic: extensive cable and
                                        microwave radio relay; extensive
                                        introduction of fiber-optic cable;
                                        domestic satellite system
                                        international: satellite earth
                                        stations - 2 Intelsat (with total of
                                        5 antennas - 2 for Indian Ocean and
                                        3 for Atlantic Ocean), NA Eutelsat,
                                        1 Inmarsat (Atlantic Ocean region);
                                        HF radiotelephone communications
                                        with more than 20 countries
              Radio broadcast stations: AM 41, FM about 3,500 (this figure
                                        is an approximation and includes
                                        many repeaters), shortwave 2 (1998)
                                Radios: 55.3 million (1997)
         Television broadcast stations: 584 (plus 9,676 repeaters) (1995)
                           Televisions: 34.8 million (1997)
                 Internet country code: .fr
     Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 62 (2000)
                        Internet users: 11.7 million (2001)
  
   Transportation France
   ---------------------
                              Railways: total: 31,939 km (operated by French
                                        National Railways (SNCF); 14,176 km
                                        of SNCF routes are electrified and
                                        12,132 km are double- or multiple-
                                        track)
                                        standard gauge: 31,840 km 1.435-
                                        m gauge
                                        narrow gauge: 99 km 1.000-m gauge
                                        (2000 est.)
                              Highways: total: 892,900 km
                                        paved: 892,900 km (including 9,900
                                        km of expressways)
                                        unpaved: 0 km (1999)
                             Waterways: 14,932 km (6,969 km heavily
                                        traveled)
                             Pipelines: crude oil 3,059 km; petroleum
                                        products 4,487 km; natural gas
                                        24,746 km
                     Ports and harbors: Bordeaux, Boulogne, Cherbourg,
                                        Dijon, Dunkerque, La Pallice, Le
                                        Havre, Lyon, Marseille, Mullhouse,
                                        Nantes, Paris, Rouen, Saint Nazaire,
                                        Saint Malo, Strasbourg
                       Merchant marine: total: 49 ships (1,000 GRT or over)
                                        totaling 1,263,691 GRT/1,769,932 DWT
  
                                        ships by type: bulk 3, cargo 4,
                                        chemical tanker 9, combination bulk
                                        1, container 3, liquefied gas 3,
                                        passenger 3, petroleum tanker 15,
                                        roll on/roll off 4, short-sea
                                        passenger 4
                                        note: includes some foreign-owned
                                        ships registered here as a flag of
                                        convenience: French Polynesia 2,
                                        Greece 1, Japan 1, Norway 1, Sweden
                                        9 (2002 est.)
                              Airports: 477 (2001)
         Airports - with paved runways: total: 270
                                        over 3,047 m: 14
                                        2,438 to 3,047 m: 29
                                        914 to 1,523 m: 75
                                        under 914 m: 56 (2001)
                                        1,524 to 2,437 m: 96
       Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 207
                                        1,524 to 2,437 m: 3
                                        914 to 1,523 m: 73
                                        under 914 m: 131 (2001)
                             Heliports: 3 (2001)
  
   Military France
   ---------------
                       Military branches: Army (includes marines), Navy
                                          (includes naval air), Air Force
                                          (includes Air Defense), National
                                          Gendarmerie
        Military manpower - military age: 18 years of age (2002 est.)
        Military manpower - availability: males age 15-49: 14,534,480 (2002
                                          est.)
     Military manpower - fit for military males age 15-49: 12,092,938 (2002
                                 service: est.)
    Military manpower - reaching military males: 390,064 (2002 est.)
                            age annually:
   Military expenditures - dollar figure: $46.5 billion (2000)
       Military expenditures - percent of 2.57% (2002)
                                     GDP:
  
   Transnational Issues France
   ---------------------------
              Disputes - international: Madagascar claims Bassas da India,
                                        Europa Island, Glorioso Islands,
                                        Juan de Nova Island, and Tromelin
                                        Island; Comoros claims Mayotte;
                                        Mauritius claims Tromelin Island;
                                        territorial dispute between Suriname
                                        and French Guiana; territorial claim
                                        in Antarctica (Adelie Land); Matthew
                                        and Hunter Islands, east of New
                                        Caledonia, claimed by France and
                                        Vanuatu
                         Illicit drugs: transshipment point for and consumer
                                        of South American cocaine, Southwest
                                        Asian heroin, and European
                                        synthetics
  
                                       



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