France is a country in Europe bordering Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. With an estimated 2004 population of 59,762,000, France is the secondmost populous country in the European Union after Germany. Britain is a very close third with an estimated 2005 population of 59,329,000.
France was not part of the so-called "Coalition of the Willing," the countries which invaded and are now suffering through the occupation of Iraq. Anger in the United States among conservatives over the French refusal to follow the second Bush adminsitration into the quagmire erupted into calls to boycott French products. Although noisy, the boycott was unsuccessful because Bible Belt America consumes few of the luxury products produced by French industries. The Republic of France appears to have survived the Red State temper tantrum. The English language suffered worse, being enhanced by such terms as 'freedom fries', 'old Europe' and 'cheese-eating surrender monkeys'.
- Union for A Popular Movement - Major Center-Right (Conservative) Party
- Socialist Party (France) - Major Center-Left (Social-Democratic) Party
- Revolutionary Communist League - Maoist Communist Party
- French Communist Party - Eurocommunist Party
- The Greens - Ecologist
- Union for French Democracy - Secondary Center-Right (Conservative) Party
- National Front - Rightist (anti-immigrant) Party
- Nicholas Sarkozy, President (Gaullist RPR)
- Jacques Chirac Former President (Gaullist RPR)
- Francois Fillon Prime Minister.
- Dominique de Villepin Former Prime Minister
- Bernard Kouchner Foreign Minister (Socialist).
- Socialist Party Presidential Candidate Segolene Royal
- Marie-George Buffet (Communist Party)
- Jean-Marie Le Pen (National Front)
- Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie
- Transport Minister Dominque Peben
- Culture Minister Renaud Donnediue de Vabres
- Diplomatic Advisor to the President Jean-David Levitte (former Ambassador to the United States).
- Bertrand Delanoe Mayor of Paris
Former Political Elites