The official name of France is French Republic. The territory of France comprises metropolitan France in Western Europe and many overseas regions and territories. Its metropolitan area stretches from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea and from the Rhine to the Atlantic ocean. The capital of France is Paris and it’s also the largest city in the country. Other major cities in France are Lyon, Lille, Marseille, Toulouse, Nice and Bordeaux.
The name France comes from the Latin word “Francia” which means country of the Franks. The country’s integral regions have a combined area of 643,801 sq. kilometers. In 2012, the [population of mainland France was about 63 million with another 2.8 million split between French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte and Reunion. The mainland France shares boundary with Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain, and Switzerland. The Alps mountain range on the border of France and Italy is home to France’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc which stands at 4,807m high.
The official language of France is French. Over 80 million people visit France every year which makes it the most visited country in the world. The famous Eiffel tower is in France and is one of the visited monuments in the world.
The qualifications obtained from French universities are accepted around the world. The programs and degrees offer by institutions in France are accredited and well recognized around the world. The economy of France is always ranked as one of the most innovative and competitive in the world, and this is conceivable because of the advanced research of the universities and significant investments by the public and private sectors.
In the QS World University Rankings® 2014-2015, two French Universities are ranked among the world’s top 50. A further 11 French universities appear in the top 300 and a total of 22 in the top 500.