France: Country and Foreign Investment
By area, the French Republic is the largest country in the European Union. It is divided into 27 administrative regions (22 in metropolitan France and 5 overseas). It is one of only three countries (along with Morocco and Spain) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. The country is often referred to in French as l’Hexagone ("The Hexagon"), with its six sides being made up by the English Channel, the Bay of Biscay, the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean, the Alps, and the land border with Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.
France has a geographically varying climate, with a temperate zone in the north, a continental zone in the middle, a Mediterranean zone in the south, and a mountainous Alpine climate in the east. France has some of the most diverse forests in Europe, with 28% of the country's land area being covered by more than 140 species of trees.