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France officially the French Republic is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is often referred to as The Hexagon because of the geometric shape of its territory. It is the largest western European country and it possesses the second-largest Exclusive Economic Zone in the world, covering 11,035,000 km2, just behind that of the United States 11,351,000 km2.Over the past 500 years, France has been a major power with strong cultural, economic, military and political influence in Europe and around the world. During the 17th and 18th centuries, France colonized great parts of North America and Southeast Asia; during the 19th and early 20th centuries, France built the second largest empire of the time, including large portions of North, West and Central Africa, Southeast Asia, and many Caribbean and Pacific Islands.France has its main ideals expressed in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. The French Republic is defined as indivisible, secular, democratic and social by its constitution. France is one of the world's most developed countries and possesses the worlds fifth largest and Europe's second largest economy by nominal GDP. France is the wealthiest European (and the world's 4th) nation in aggregate household wealth. France enjoys a high standard of living as well as a high public education level, and has also one of the world's highest life expectancies. France has been listed as the world's "best overall health care" provider by the World Health Organization. It is the most visited country in the world, receiving 82 million foreign tourists annually.France has the world's third largest nominal military budget, the third largest military in NATO and EU's largest army. France also possesses the third largest nuclear weapons stockpile in the world – with ~300 active warheads as of 25 May 2010 – and the world's second largest diplomatic corps, second only to that of the United StatesFrance is a founding member of the United Nations, one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, and a member of the Francophone, the G8, G20, NATO, OECD, WTO, and the Latin Union. It is also a founding and leading member state of the European Union. In 2010, France was listed 14th on the Human Development Index and 24th on the Corruption Perceptions Index.France and Iran have generally enjoyed a friendly relationship since the middle Ages. The travels of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier are particularly well known to Safavid Persia.Recently however, relations have soured over Iran's refusal to halt uranium enrichment and France supporting the referral of Iran to the United Nations Security Council. Under French President Jacques Chirac, relations were warm and friendly as the French government helped the Iranian government to detain PMOI (MKO) members and supporters that Iran regards as

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Movie poster About Elly starring Iranian Actress Golshifteh Farahani makes her debut in French theatres, drawing attention of film critics, opening the doors for the talented actress to seek international opportunities.
Talented Iranian Actress Leyla Hatami is seen in front of a poster featuring her internationally accredited Movie, A Separation of Nader from Simin in France; directed by Asghar Farhadi who preferred not to use music in soundtrack.
Portrait of French Jean-Baptiste Tavernier by Nicolas de Largillière in Safavid attire.Tavernier was a French traveller who traded with Iran. His first travel to Persia (1631-33) was followed by his second trip in 1638.
Painting shows Safavid Ambassador of Persia at the court of Louis XIV of France on Feb, 19, 1715. Wishing to reinforce exchanges with France, Shah Hossein sent an Embassy led by Mohammad Reza Beg.
Portrait of Safavid Ambassador to France, Mohammad Reza Bey: during the reign of Louis XIV. Oil painting on paperboard by Antoine Coypel (1661–1722) He fell in love with a 17 year old girl, leaves her pregnant and his mission turned into a scandal.
Askar Khan Afshar was a Persian ambassador who was sent to Paris, during the period of the Franco-Persian alliance (Qajar Dynasty). He arrived in Paris on 20 July 1808 and was able to meet Napoleon on 4 September 1808 at Château de Saint-Cloud.

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