Updated: Oct 1, 2022
France, or officially The French Republic.
France is a country located in western Europe, it consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories.*
The metropolitan area of France extends from the Rhine to the Atlantic
Ocean and from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and
The North Sea. It borders Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland, Monaco, and Italy to the east, and Andorra and Spain to the south.
The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and
several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.
*French Guiana is located in South America; Guadeloupe and Martinique are in the Caribbean Sea; and Réunion and Mayotte are in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Africa. All five are considered integral parts of the French Republic. France also comprises Saint Pierre and Miquelon in North America; Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin in the Caribbean; French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, and Clipperton Island in the Pacific Ocean; and finally the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.