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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- February 8th 2013 Rêves Blancs
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- May 25th 2011 Austria and Paris
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- August 14th 2010 Les Alps...
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- May 1st 2010 Summer Skiing in the Rain!
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- September 18th 2009 Chamonix
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- September 11th 2009 Chamonix-Mont Blanc
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- July 26th 2009 Alpine Adventures begin..
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- June 30th 2009 Walking in the mountains
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- May 19th 2009 Morning in Chamonix
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- May 18th 2009 Destination Monaco, second stop: Chamonix
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- May 1st 2009 Just keep driving!
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- April 12th 2009 Conquering old fears on the French Alps!
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- March 29th 2009 Totally Chammered!
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- March 16th 2009 Snowboarding with Style
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- March 14th 2009 Chamonix - sending Mossikins off in style!
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- February 8th 2009 Ski Trip
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- January 3rd 2009 On snowshoes into the new year...
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- January 2nd 2009 Chamonix Christmas!
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- December 28th 2008 One week is not an Oeuf - New Years Skiing in Argentiere/Chamonix
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- December 21st 2008 Premier Neige
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