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.
Blogs from Annecy
Latest Blogs from Annecy
- August 12th 2013 The High-Speed Tour of Annecy
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- September 11th 2012 Just Call Me An Annecy Boy
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- July 10th 2012 The beginning
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- February 24th 2012 Annecy and a little taste of home
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- November 28th 2011 Thanksgiving/Cheesegiving.
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- October 28th 2011 Annecy
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- October 17th 2011 Annecy, je t'aime
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- October 12th 2011 The Rainbow.
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- October 7th 2011 Just press play.
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- October 5th 2011 The first three weeks.
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- October 4th 2011 Annecy and Aix-les-Bains
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- September 24th 2011 In transit.
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- September 23rd 2011 Couchsurfing.
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- June 3rd 2011 Scootering round Lake Annecy
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- June 2nd 2011 Lovely day out in Annecy - Venice of the Alps
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- May 13th 2011 Holiday in Annecy
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- May 10th 2011 Moirans de Montagne to Annecy !
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- April 3rd 2011 Day 26: Auxonne to Annecy
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- April 3rd 2011 Day 27: Annecy
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- January 5th 2011 Road trip to Chamonix
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