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Edit Request - [Education] section:

In the third paragraph: "Higher education is divided between public universities and the prestigious and selective Grandes écoles, such as Sciences Po Paris for Political studies, HEC Paris for Economics, Polytechnique and the École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris that produce high-profile engineers, or the École nationale d'administration for careers in the Grands Corps of the state"

Among the examples of Grandes écoles, I think that it should be interesting to add "École normale supérieure for academic research". Indeed it is one of the most esteemed schools in France, and the leader for research. A link to the page of this school:École_normale_supérieure_(Paris)

Thank you.

Edit Request - [Education] section:

In the last paragraphe of the section [Education], it is stated "Health insurance for students is free until the age of 20."

France has Universal Healthcare which although has some affiliation with concepts of insurance due to partial reimbursements of fees and costs, it is free and provided regardless of age or income. It is also comparatively very low cost.

Because of the above, it is misleading and even erroneous to bring into the article claims of age restrictions or even notions of insurance policies which, especially US audiences, evoke false images of potentially costly personal healthcare through [private] insurance companies. I suggest removing any text regarding health insurance in regards to the education section as it is not relevant to the French educational system. Cdelapointe (talk) 20:31, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

Edit Request - Law section:

"France is tolerant of the LGBT community. Since 1999, civil unions for homosexual couples are permitted, and since May 2013, same-sex marriage and LGBT adoption are legal in France.[99]"

to be removed: LGBT adoption is Legal

Same sex marriage is legal in France since may 2013 but LGBT adoption is legal, it's actually the subject of larges debates ("manif pour tous" vs "Anti Manif pour tous").

Edit Request - Literature Section: "Jean de La Fontaine is one of the most famous fabulist of that time, as he wrote hundreds of fables, some being far more famous than others, such as The Ant and the Grasshopper."he is stupid and is awesome.

Upon reading the article on "The Ant and the Grasshopper" - Fontaine was _reinterpreting_ Aesop's Fables.

Edit request

Hi, in the fourth paragraph of the introduction, there is a link that states France has the fourth largest nominal military budget, but when you click on the link the article states it has the fifth largest budget. Could someone check please.


In the Prehistory section, it states:

"The oldest traces of human life in what is now France date from approximately 1,800,000 years ago."

Sorry, but humans have not been around than long. Wikipedia's own article on humans states they originated in Africa some 200,000 years ago, one 9th of the time stated in this article. The citation is 25 years old and is now obviously superceded.

Plus one: +1 : this is assertion in not only completely stupid but based on completelty outdated references. Please delete. (talk) 22:00, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

Edit request In the economy section, it says "France derives 75% of its electricity from nuclear power, the highest percentage in the world.[138]". Can someone put a better source, the source given claims that France makes 39% of electricity from nuclear, in complete contradiction with the article. France is known for bacon. Maybe this one: Up to date and reliable. The real figure is 73%. Liberivore (talk) 16:14, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Edit request

The lead needs more than a single sentence on the history of France.OnBeyondZebrax (talk) 18:13, 17 October 2014 (UTC)

Edit request in the Religion section

The paragraph begins with: is the Roman Catholic cathedral where the kings of France were crowned until 1825.[235] ]]

This text should be below the picture instead of in the paragraph, please correct it. (talk) 12:30, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

Already corrected!User-duck (talk) 07:07, 7 January 2018 (UTC)

Edit request - Foreign relations section

Last paragraph: "In 2009, France was the second largest (in absolute numbers) donor of development aid in the world, behind the US, and ahead of Germany, Japan and the UK.[145] This represents 0.5% of its GDP, in this regard rating France as tenth largest donor on the list."

According to OECD ( in 2014, France is listed fourth largest donor, behind US, UK and Germany. This represents 0.36% of its GDP, in this regard 12th largest donor. (talk) 21:51, 29 November 2015 (UTC)

Spoken Wiki[edit]

Edit request 3.7.2013 Population should be corrected[edit]

Estimated total population of France is 66 200 000 (1st January 2012). It should be noted that currently cited INSEE number does not include Mayotte or COM (collectivités d’outre-mer).


From page four: Le champ géographique du bilan démographique de 2011 reste la France métropolitaine et les DOM, mais sans Mayotte, dont la transformation en département d’outre-mer date du 31 mars 2011. En ajoutant les 803 000 habitants des collectivités d’outre-mer et de Mayotte, la population des territoires de la République française au 1 er janvier 2012 est estimée à 66,2 millions d’habitants.

EEZ - contradicting information[edit]

The fifth paragraph says that France has the world's largest EEZ. However, under the Geography heading, it says that France has the 2nd largest EEZ.


Location and Borders[edit]

see description
A relief map of Metropolitan France, showing cities with over 100,000 inhabitants.
world ocean map showing territorial waters of France
France has the World's second largest territorial waters.

The European part of France is called Metropolitan France and it is located in one of the occidental ends of Europe. It is bordered by the North Sea in the north, the English Channel in the north-west, the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the Mediterranean sea in the south-east. It borders Belgium and Luxembourg in the north east. It also borders Germany and Switzerland in the east, Italy and Monaco in the south-east, Spain and Andorra in the south west. The borders in the south and in the east of the country are mountain ranges: the Pyrenees, the Alps and the Jura, the border in the east is from the Rhine river, while the border in the north and the north east melts in no natural elements. Due to its shape, it is often referred to in French as l'Hexagone ("The Hexagon"). Metropolitan France includes various islands: Corsica and coastal islands. Metropolitan France is situated mostly between latitudes 50° N and 70° N, and longitudes 6° W and 10° E, on the western edge of Europe, and thus lies within the northern temperate zone. Its continental part covers about 1000 km from north to south and from east to west.


Most of the comments on this page are unsigned, or "autosigned" by a bot. I mean absolutely no disrespect by this question, I ask it entirely in order to cure my own ignorance, and not facetiously. Do authors on frWikipedia not sign their posts? Are maybe all postings autosigned? My French is scarce to none (I can count to ten, orally, if you disregard an atrocious accent, but don't ask me to spell any words. I can spell "un", unless it has diacritical marks, in which case, I don't know). I therefore do not visit the French Wikipedia, so I don't know. rags (talk)


Appeal to edit this page[edit]

I would like to edit and contribute to this wikipage about France please.

Semi-protected edit request on 7 June 2019[edit]

Hi, French there. The official seal is named "Great Seal of France" but the translation should be "Great Seal of the French Republic" (Grand Sceau de la République Française). This is a translation mistake. Good day ! CocoricoPolynesien (talk) 10:45, 7 June 2019 (UTC)

@CocoricoPolynesien: Thanks for your suggestion! According to France-Diplomatie, the English name is The Great Seal of France so I'm not sure the change is warranted. -- Luk talk 15:18, 7 June 2019 (UTC)
Oh, okay then ! :) CocoricoPolynesien (talk) 19:02, 8 July 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 2 August 2019[edit]

The link to in external links section is not working : " (in English) Official French tourism website". The good link is

Also, the link 398 is not good anmymore : is not existing anymore. Please replace by Raphael Belouin (talk) 12:44, 2 August 2019 (UTC)

 Partly done: I have updated the link to, but reference 398 links to an archive, so still works. The alternative link that you have provided does not contain the same information as the original link. Danski454 (talk) 00:50, 10 August 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 7 August 2019[edit]

Change to the August highest temperature noted. The current high for the month of August (and the all time high for France) is 45.9C, according to the French state media. That temp was recorded in the Gallargues-le-Montueux region of the Gard departement. <3. Kobentori (talk) 16:10, 7 August 2019 (UTC)

 Not done: The reading happened in June and has already been added to the article. --Trialpears (talk) 22:55, 13 August 2019 (UTC)

What about this "weird" establishment list?[edit]

I don't really understand how come "Baptism of Clovis" is like a key of France establishment. If so, when some Celtic people came in Prehistoric times and replaced the former peoples, could also be considered as part of France establishment. I mean, what is written would have made cense like 100 years ago, when nationalism was important. We know now that we've been thought so many stupid things at school. Clovis wasn't a French king, nor was Charlemagne. They were actually closer to what used to be a Roman emperor, as they dreamt building back the Roman Empire. If you guys want to start with the Treaty of Verdun, why not. Clearly France was far far far away to be France and French people to be French people, but I can admit this could be an official date for what one could call proto-France. By the way, the most very official date for France establishment is 987. Yet this date never appears... — Preceding unsigned comment added by UsernameIsHasBeen (talkcontribs) 14:26, 20 August 2019 (UTC)