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Location:  Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain
Geographic Coordinates:   46 00 N, 2 00 E
Area:   551,500 sq km (land: 549,970 sq km water: 1,530 sq km)
Climate:  Generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean;
Languages:  French (official) 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)
Population:  65,951,611 (July 2013 est.)
Capital:  Paris
Religion:  Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%
Ethnic Groups:  Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities
Independence:  None

Source:  CIA Factbook