France - Research Article from Governments of the World

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Brief History

France is one of the oldest nation-states. The state is older than the nation, the nation having been affirmed by the French Revolution of 1789. A distinction often is drawn between the period before the Revolution, known as the Ancien Régime, and modern France. The latter has had a troubled political history, with a succession of unstable political regimes. It can be said definitively that over a period of two centuries France has tried every possible form of government. These forms include absolute monarchies, constitutional monarchies under the Empires (of which there were two), and as many as five republics, both parliamentary and presidential, all this without taking into account the Vichy Régime and the provisionary regimes that were established in anticipation or in the absence of a constitution. Wars, coups d'etat, and revolutions can be identified as the direct causes of...

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