Imports$688.5 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$587.1 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)2.3% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate9.3% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$35,600 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate1.6% (2010 est.)
Internet users45.262 million; 44.625 million (metropolitan France) (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular64 million; 62.6 million (metropolitan France) (2009)
Population growth rate0.497% (2012 est.)
Population65,630,692 (July 2012 est.)
France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations.
It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations.
France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing de Gaulle's 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO....
France is in the midst of transition from a well-to-do modern economy that has featured extensive government ownership and intervention to one that relies more on market mechanisms.
The government has partially or fully privatized many large companies, banks, and insurers, and has ceded stakes in such leading firms as Air France, France Telecom, Renault, and Thales.
It maintains a strong presence in some sectors, particularly power, public transport, and defense industries....
The Economist Intelligence Unit
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