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 introduction of a common exchange currency, the euro, in January 1999. At present, France is at the forefront of efforts to develop the EU's military capabilities to supplement progress toward an EU foreign policy.
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- July 23rd 2012 Colmar, France
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- June 10th 2012 France 33 - an ecomuseum and a stork with a problem bottom
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- June 10th 2012 France 34 - Colmar and a noisy night on the campsite
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- March 13th 2012 Some more great teaching experience
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- February 28th 2012 I no speaken zhe Deuscht...
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- September 20th 2010 half timber-timber everywhere -Delemont to Colmar- 20-21 Sept.
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- August 29th 2010 Colmar, France
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- October 6th 2009 Day Three France - Colmar
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- September 23rd 2009 Alsace: the land of half-timbered cuteness overload (Colmar, Strasbourg, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Riquewihr, Hunawihr, & Ribeauville)
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- August 2nd 2009 Breakfast in Colmar
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- July 26th 2009 Colmar...the sun is back in Alsace!
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- April 22nd 2009 The grape vineyard
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- February 8th 2009 Uimista ja ulkomaanreissu
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- December 26th 2008 Colmar
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- August 29th 2007 I Live to Eat My Words
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- August 7th 2007 France: The Alsace and Burgundy Wine Regions..who's thirsty????
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- December 21st 2006 Noel '06 Europe Tour 2: Départ
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