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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- August 22nd 2011 Vichy - Elegant Spa Town and Capital of Collaboration
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- September 21st 2009 Vacations at France
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- October 16th 2008 Rugby!!
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- February 22nd 2007 Update
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- January 26th 2007 Dear God, Are We There Yet?
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- December 12th 2006 Photos!
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- December 4th 2006 Counting Crows
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- December 3rd 2006 A Train Bound for Clermont
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- December 3rd 2006 I'll be home for Christmas
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- November 27th 2006 I get by with a little help from my friends
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- November 21st 2006 L'État Français, The Vichy No One Mentions...
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- November 8th 2006 Sun, Sun, Sun, Baby Come
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- October 17th 2006 Autumn Arrives
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- October 13th 2006 More Vichy Pictures
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- October 11th 2006 Old Pictures, finally added
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- October 4th 2006 Shout Outs to my Hommies (or just Hommes)
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- October 4th 2006 Humdrum life of a Traveller
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- October 2nd 2006 More pictures! courtesy of Joanna Matthesien
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- October 1st 2006 About my area....
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- September 30th 2006 More pictures from Vichy
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