Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology

2004 Edition
| Editors: Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember

French

  • Michelle Lampl
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-29905-X_66

Alternative Names

France, French Republic, Republique Française.

Location and Linguistic Affiliation

At slightly less than twice the size of the state of Colorado, France is the largest Western European nation. The French boundaries cover approximately 547,000 km2 in Europe and its overseas administrative divisions add approximately another 600 km2. With about 3,400 km of coastline on its western border, France is a boundary of Western Europe, from the Bay of Biscay in the Southwest to the English Channel in the Northwest. France is located between the present-day countries of Belgium and Spain, it is Southeast of the United Kingdom, and borders the Mediterranean Sea on the Southeast, situated between the borders of Italy and Spain.

French is the national language, with a rapid decline in numerous local dialects and languages (e.g., Provençal, Breton, Languedoc, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish).

Overview of the Culture

With a population estimated at 59,765,983 in July 2002...

Keywords

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Mandatory Retirement Homeopathic Remedy French Child Homeopathic Treatment 
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