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[a-na-tawl] /a naˈtɔl/ (Show IPA), (Jacques Anatole Thibault) 1844–1924, French novelist and essayist: Nobel Prize 1921.
a republic in W Europe. 212,736 sq. mi. (550,985 sq. km).
Capital: Paris.
Heraldry. fleurs-de-lis or upon azure:
a bordure of France.
Contemporary Examples

More than 800 witnesses in Britain, Iraq, Switzerland, Italy and France have been interviewed.
Breakthrough In Alps Family Murder Case Barbie Latza Nadeau February 18, 2014

Saint Laurent is indeed considered heroic in the fashion world—in France, he is a national icon well beyond the monde de la mode.
The Making of Fashion Legend Yves Saint Laurent Sarah Moroz January 13, 2014

Poland and France are making a joint appeal to the United States to have Polanski released from detention.
Polanski’s Next Escape Gerald Posner September 27, 2009

Japan, France, Germany, and Italy all worry about a weak dollar.
Obama’s Secret Jobs Plan Simon Johnson October 5, 2009

In France, we are supposed to salve our consciences with the knowledge that draft horses are raised to be eaten.
My Horsemeat Lunch Christopher Dickey February 26, 2013

Historical Examples

I won out of France with the very papers ordering my arrest.
The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini

My field of observation has been at home, here in America; but it has been the same in France.
‘Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams

It was not to be thought that France would be left tranquil on the Adriatic.
The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1 Henry Baerlein

But his faith in the France of his imagination was not daunted.
The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage Charles G. D. Roberts

Bixine is a purified extract of anotta made in France, and used by dyers.
Field’s Chromatography George Field

a republic in W Europe, between the English Channel, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic: the largest country wholly in Europe; became a republic in 1793 after the French Revolution and an empire in 1804 under Napoleon; reverted to a monarchy (1815–48), followed by the Second Republic (1848–52), the Second Empire (1852–70), the Third Republic (1870–1940), and the Fourth and Fifth Republics (1946 and 1958); a member of the European Union. It is generally flat or undulating in the north and west and mountainous in the south and east. Official language: French. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: euro. Capital: Paris. Pop: 62 814 233 (2013 est). Area: (including Corsica) 551 600 sq km (212 973 sq miles) related adjectives French Gallic
Anatole (anatɔl), real name Anatole François Thibault. 1844–1924, French novelist, short-story writer, and critic. His works include Le Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard (1881), L’Île des Pingouins (1908), and La Révolte des anges (1914): Nobel prize for literature 1921

Nation in Europe bordered by Belgium and Luxembourg to the north; Germany, Switzerland, and Italy to the east; the Mediterranean Sea and Spain to the south; and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Its capital and largest city is Paris.

Note: During the reign of Louis XIV (1653–1715), France was a principal world power and cultural center of Europe.

Note: The French Revolution, organized by leaders of the middle class and lower class, brought about an end to the French absolute monarchy and forged a transition from feudalism to the industrial era. A bloody and chaotic period, the Revolution helped lay the foundations of modern political philosophy and ultimately engulfed much of Europe in the Napoleonic Wars. (See Napoleon Bonaparte.)

Note: In the French and Indian War in the 1750s, the British and colonial forces drove the French from Canada and the region of the Great Lakes.

Note: In World War I, France was one of the Allies; much of that war was fought on French soil.

Note: In World War II, France’s military resistance to the German army collapsed in the spring of 1940. Germans occupied much of France from 1940 to 1944. In 1944, the Allies invaded France, along with French troops, and drove the Germans out of France, finally defeating them in 1945.

Note: France is known for its wine, cheese, and cooking.


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