France (Country) (DC Comics)



France (English i/ˈfræns/ franss or /ˈfrɑːns/ frahnss; French: [fʁɑ̃s] ( listen)), officially the French Republic (French: République française [ʁepyblik fʁɑ̃sɛz]), 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 l’Hexagone ("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 (4,260,000 sq mi), just behind that of the United States (11,351,000 km2 / 4,383,000 sq mi).
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 colonised great parts of North America and Southeast Asia; during the 19th and early 20th centuries, France built the second largest colonial 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, it possesses the world's fifth largest economy measured by GDP, the ninth-largest economy measured by purchasing power parity and is Europe's second largest economy by nominal GDP. France is the wealthiest nation in Europe – and the fourth wealthiest in the world – 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 longest 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 around 300 active warheads as of 25 May 2010 – and the world's second largest diplomatic corps (second only to that of the United States).
France is a founding member of the United Nations, one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, and a member of the Francophonie, the G8, G20, NATO, OECD, WTO, and the Latin Union. It is also a founding and leading member state of the European Union and the largest one by area. In 2011, France was listed 20th on the Human Development Index and 24th on the Corruption Perceptions Index (2010).

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Publisher: DC Comics
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In story information

Official Name: French Republic
Aliases: Gaul
Type: Country
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Location Details

Universe: Real World, New Earth, Earth-One, Earth-Two , 100 Bullets, American Century , Dakotaverse , Super Friends
Galaxy: Milky Way
Star System: Sol System
Planet: Earth

Characteristics

Dimensions: Land Area: 674,843 km² (40th) (260,558 sq. mi.)
Population: 63,587,700

History

The following is a list of various events in the DC Universe that have taken place in France.
  • Vandal Savage was once the court physician in medieval France, and even used the royal family for syphilis experiments.
  • The Pre-Crisis versions of Superman, Batman and Robin once traveled back in time and donned the guise of the Three Musketeers in order to rescue the Man in the Iron Mask.
  • During World War II, Sgt. Rock and Easy Company went on several missions assisting the French Resistance against Nazi occupation.
  • Libby Lawrence once escaped Nazi forces in Dunkirk by swimming the English Channel.
  • In October of 1943, the Unknown Soldier went on a mission to Beaulieux.
  • In 1954, a mystery man known as the Musketeer begins adventuring in France.
  • Impulse once visited France to do a school report on the Eiffel Tower
  • On his first solo mission, Robin (Tim Drake) teamed up with Clyde Rawlins and Lady Shiva to fight a street gang known as the Ghost Dragons.
  • Agents of Checkmate buried the remains of Blue Beetle's Bug in France.
  • Bruce Wayne first met Lucius Fox and matched wits with Henri Ducard in France.
  • American soldier Joseph Jones suffered injuries in France, which eventually led to him adopting the super-hero guise of General Glory.
  • In the movie Superman II, Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane became trapped in the Eiffel Tower after trying to get a scoop concerning a terrorist bomb.
  • In Pre-Crisis continuity, the city of Paris was one of many locations temporarily stolen by the alien invader, Brainiac.
  • Green Arrow once faced a rival archer known as the Phantom of France.
  • Doctor Thirteen once debunked a ghostly legend known as the Phantom of Paris.

Points of Interest

The headquarters of Justice League Europe was established in France.

Residents

Many members of the Brotherhood of Evil are based out of France.

Trivia

On Earth-AD, the region once occupied by France prior to the Great Disaster became known as the Wolf Napoleoneks.

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