!!!France: Government
||Country name|''conventional long form'': French Republic \\ ''conventional short form'': France \\ ''local long form'': Republique francaise \\ ''local short form'': France \\ ''etymology'': name derives from the Latin "Francia" meaning "Land of the Franks"; the Franks were a group of Germanic tribes located along the middle and lower Rhine River in the 3rd century A.D. who merged with Gallic-Roman populations in succeeding centuries and to whom they passed on their name \\ 
||Government type|semi-presidential republic
||Capital|Paris[{GoogleMap location='Paris' zoom='6'}] \\ ''geographic coordinates'': 48 52 N, 2 20 E \\ ''time difference'': UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time) \\ ''daylight saving time'': +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October \\  \\ ''__note__'': applies to metropolitan France only, not to its overseas departments, collectivities, or territories \\ 
||Administrative divisions|18 regions (regions, singular - region); Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte (Burgundy-Free County), Bretagne (Brittany), Centre-Val de Loire (Center-Loire Valley), Corse (Corsica), Grand Est (Grand East), Guadeloupe, Guyane (French Guiana), Hauts-de-France (Upper France), Ile-de-France, Martinique, Mayotte, Normandie (Normandy), Nouvelle-Aquitaine (New Aquitaine), Occitanie (Occitania), Pays de la Loire (Lands of the Loire), Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Reunion \\ ''__note__'': France is divided into 13 metropolitan regions (including the "territorial collectivity" of Corse or Corsica) and 5 overseas regions (French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion) and is subdivided into 96 metropolitan departments and 5 overseas departments (which are the same as the overseas regions) \\ 
||Dependent areas|Clipperton Island, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, New Caledonia, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna \\ ''__note__'': the US does not recognize claims to Antarctica; New Caledonia has been considered a "sui generis" collectivity of France since 1998, a unique status falling between that of an independent country and a French overseas department \\ 
||Independence|no official date of independence: 486 (Frankish tribes unified under Merovingian kingship); 10 August 843 (Western Francia established from the division of the Carolingian Empire); 14 July 1789 (French monarchy overthrown); 22 September 1792 (First French Republic founded); 4 October 1958 (Fifth French Republic established)
||National holiday|Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1790); note - although often incorrectly referred to as Bastille Day, the celebration actually commemorates the holiday held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille (on 14 July 1789) and the establishment of a constitutional monarchy; other names for the holiday are Fete Nationale (National Holiday) and quatorze juillet (14th of July)
||Constitution|''history'': many previous; latest effective 4 October 1958 \\ ''amendments'': proposed by the president of the republic (upon recommendation of the prime minister and Parliament) or by members of Parliament; proposals submitted by Parliament members require passage by both houses followed by approval in a referendum; passage of proposals submitted by the government can bypass a referendum if submitted by the president to Parliament and passed by at least three-fifths majority vote by Parliament’s National Assembly; amended many times, last in 2008 (2016) \\ 
||Legal system|civil law; review of administrative but not legislative acts
||International law organization participation|has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; accepts ICCt jurisdiction
||Citizenship|''citizenship by birth'': no \\ ''citizenship by descent only'': at least one parent must be a citizen of France \\ ''dual citizenship recognized'': yes \\ ''residency requirement for naturalization'': 5 years \\ 
||Suffrage|18 years of age; universal
||Executive branch|''chief of state'': President Francois HOLLANDE (since 15 May 2012) \\ ''head of government'': Prime Minister Bernard CAZENEUVE (since 6 December 2016) \\ ''cabinet'': Council of Ministers appointed by the president at the suggestion of the prime minister \\ ''elections/appointments'': president directly elected by absolute majority popular vote in 2 rounds if needed for a 5-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 22 April and 6 May 2012 (next to be held in the spring of 2017); prime minister appointed by the president \\ ''election results'': Francois HOLLANDE elected president; percent of vote in first round - Francois HOLLANDE (PS) 28.6%, Nicolas SARKOZY (UMP) 27.2%, Marine LE PEN (FN) 17.9%, Jean-Luc MELENCHON (PG) 11.1%, Francois BAYROU (moDem) 9.1%, other 6.1%; percent of vote in second round - HOLLANDE 51.6%, SARKOZY 48.4% \\ 
||Legislative branch|''description'': bicameral Parliament or Parlement consists of the Senate or Senat (348 seats - 328 for metropolitan France and overseas departments and regions of Guadeloupe, Martinque, French Guiana, Reunion, and Mayotte, 2 for New Caledonia, 2 for French Polynesia, 1 for Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, 1 for Saint-Barthelemy, 1 for Saint-Martin, 1 for Wallis and Futuna, and 12 for French nationals abroad; members indirectly elected by departmental electoral colleges using absolute majority vote in two rounds if needed for departments with 1-3 members and proportional representation vote in departments with 4 or more members; members serve 6-year terms with one-half of the membership renewed every 3 years) and the National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale (577 seats - 556 for metropolitan France, 10 for overseas departments, and 11 for citizens abroad; members directly elected by absolute majority vote in two rounds if needed to serve 5-year terms) \\ ''elections'': Senate - last held on 28 September 2014 (next to be held in September 2017); National Assembly - last held on 10 and 17 June 2012 (next to be held in June 2017) \\ ''election results'': Senate - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - UMP 187, PS 152, other 9; National Assembly - percent of vote by party - PS 48.5%, UMP 33.6%, miscellaneous left wing parties 3.8%, Greens 3.0%, miscellaneous right wing parties 2.6%, NC 2.1%, PRG 2.1%, FDG 1.7%, other 2.6%; seats by party - PS 280, UMP 194, miscellaneous left wing parties 22, Greens 17, miscellaneous right wing parties 15, NC 12, PRG 12, FDG 10, other 15 \\ 
||Judicial branch|''highest court(s)'': Court of Cassation or Cour de Cassation (consists of the court president, 6 divisional presiding judges, 120 trial judges, and 70 deputy judges organized into 6 divisions - 3 civil, 1 commercial, 1 labor, and 1 criminal); Constitutional Council (consists of 9 members) \\ ''judge selection and term of office'': Court of Cassation judges appointed by the president of the republic from nominations from the High Council of the Judiciary, presided by the Court of Cassation and 15 appointed members; judges appointed for life; Constitutional Council members appointed - 3 by the president of the republic and 3 each by the National Assembly and Senate presidents; members serve 9-year, non-renewable terms with one third of the membership renewed every 3 years \\ ''subordinate courts'': appellate courts or Cour d'Appel; regional courts or Tribunal de Grande Instance; first instance courts or Tribunal d'instance \\ 
||Political parties and leaders|Europe Ecology - The Greens or EELV (David CORMAND) \\ French Communist Party or PCF (Pierre LAURENT) \\ Left Front Coalition or FDG (Jean-Luc MELENCHON) \\ Left Party or PG (Jean-Luc MELENCHON and Martine BILLARD) \\ Left Radical Party or PRG (Sylvia PINEL) (previously Radical Socialist Party or PRS and the Left Radical Movement or MRG) \\ Movement for France or MPF (Philippe DE VILLIERS) \\ National Front or FN (Marine LE PEN) \\ New Anticapitalist Party or NPA (collective leadership; main spokesperson Christine POUPIN) \\ New Center or NC (Herve MORIN) \\ Radical Party (Jean-Louis BORLOO) \\ Rally for France or RPF (Igor KUREK) \\ Republican and Citizen Movement or MRC (Jean-Luc LAURENT) \\ Socialist Party or PS (Jean-Christophe CAMBADELIS) \\ The Republicans (formerly Union for a Popular Movement or UMP) (Francois FILLON) \\ Union des Democrates et Independants or UDI (Jean-Christohe LAGARDE) and Democratic Movement or MoDem (Francois BAYROU) (previously Union for French Democracy or UDF); together known as UDI-Modem \\ United Republic or RS (Dominique DE VILLEPIN) \\ Worker's Struggle (Lutte Ouvriere) or LO (collective leadership; spokespersons Nathalie ARTHAUD and Arlette LAQUILLER)
||Political pressure groups and leaders|Confederation francaise de l'encadrement - Confederation generale des cadres (French Confederation of Management - General Confederation of Executives) or CFE-CGC (Francois HOMMERIL, president) (independent white-collar union with 140,000 members) \\ Confederation Francaise Democratique du Travail (French Democratic Confederation of Labor) or CFDT (Laurent BERGER, secretary general) (left-leaning labor union with approximately 875,000 members) \\ Confederation francaise des travailleurs chretiens (French Confederation of Christian Workers) or CFTC (Philippe LOUIS, president) (independent labor union founded by Catholic workers that claims 142,000 members) \\ Confederation generale du travail (General Confederation of Labor) or CGT (Philippe MARTINEZ, secretary general) (historically communist labor union with approximately 710,000 members) \\ Confederation generale du travail - Force ouvriere (General Confederation of Labor - Worker's Force) or FO (Jean-Claude MAILLY, secretary general) (independent labor union with an estimated 300,000 members) \\ Mouvement des entreprises de France or MEDEF (Pierre GATTAZ, president) (employers' union with claimed 750,000 companies as members) \\ ''French Guiana'':  \\ conservationists; gold mining pressure groups; hunting pressure groups \\  \\ ''Guadeloupe'':  \\ Christian Movement for the Liberation of Guadeloupe or KLPG \\ General Federation of Guadeloupe Workers or CGT-G \\ General Union of Guadeloupe Workers or UGTG \\ Movement for an Independent Guadeloupe or MPGI \\ The Socialist Renewal Movement \\  \\ ''Martinique'':  \\ Caribbean Revolutionary Alliance or ARC \\ Central Union for Martinique Workers or CSTM \\ Frantz Fanon Circle \\ League of Workers and Peasants \\ Proletarian Action Group or GAP \\  \\ ''Reunion'':  \\ NA \\ 
||International organization participation|ADB (nonregional member), AfDB (nonregional member), Arctic Council (observer), Australia Group, BDEAC, BIS, BSEC (observer), CBSS (observer), CE, CERN, EAPC, EBRD, ECB, EIB, EITI (implementing country), EMU, ESA, EU, FAO, FATF, FZ, G-5, G-7, G-8, G-10, G-20, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (national committees), ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IGAD (partners), IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, InOC, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, MINURSO, MINUSMA, MINUSTAH, MONUSCO, NATO, NEA, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OIF, OPCW, OSCE, Pacific Alliance (observer), Paris Club, PCA, PIF (partner), Schengen Convention, SELEC (observer), SPC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIFIL, Union Latina, UNMIL, UNOCI, UNRWA, UNSC (permanent), UNTSO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, ZC
||Diplomatic representation in the US|''chief of mission'': Ambassador Gerard ARAUD (since 18 September 2014) \\ ''chancery'': 4101 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC 20007 \\ ''telephone'': (1) (202) 944-6000 \\ ''FAX'': (1) (202) 944-6166 \\ ''consulate(s) general'': Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC \\ 
||Diplomatic representation from the US|''chief of mission'': Ambassador Jane D. HARTLEY (since 5 November 2014); note - also accredited to Monaco \\ ''embassy'': 2 Avenue Gabriel, 75382 Paris Cedex 08 \\ ''mailing address'': PSC 116, APO AE 09777 \\ ''telephone'': (33) (1) 43-12-22-22 \\ ''FAX'': (33) (1) 42 66 97 83 \\ ''consulate(s) general'': Marseille, Strasbourg \\ 
||Flag description|three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), white, and red; known as the "Le drapeau tricolore" (French Tricolor), the origin of the flag dates to 1790 and the French Revolution when the "ancient French color" of white was combined with the blue and red colors of the Parisian militia; the official flag for all French dependent areas \\ ''__note__'': the design and/or colors are similar to a number of other flags, including those of Belgium, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Netherlands \\ 
||National symbol(s)|Gallic rooster, fleur-de-lis, Marianne (female personification); national colors: blue, white, red
||National anthem|''name'': "La Marseillaise" (The Song of Marseille) \\ ''lyrics/music'': Claude-Joseph ROUGET de Lisle \\  \\ ''__note__'': adopted 1795, restored 1870; originally known as "Chant de Guerre pour l'Armee du Rhin" (War Song for the Army of the Rhine), the National Guard of Marseille made the song famous by singing it while marching into Paris in 1792 during the French Revolutionary Wars \\