France: Overview                                               

Capital                      Paris

Government             Republic

Population                64,057,792

 Geography               “Mainland” France

 Overseas Territories:         French Guiana

                                                                        Guadeloupe

                                                                        Martinique

   Reunion

Ethnic Groups (Mainland France)        

Celtic and Latin

Slavic

North African

Indochinese

Basque minorities

Religion (Mainland France)                   

Roman Catholic        83%-88%

Protestant                2%

Jewish                     1%

Muslim                    5%-10%

Unaffiliated              4%

Language (Mainland France)                

French

Note: Regional dialects and languages such as Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, and Flemish are rapidly declining.

Language (Overseas Territories)         

French

Creole patois