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France, officially the French Republic ("French : République française), is a country whose "metropolitan territory is located in "Western Europe and that also comprises a collection of overseas islands and territories located in "North America, the "Caribbean, "South America, the "Indian Ocean and the "Pacific Ocean. France is the largest country in Western Europe (674,843 km² with its overseas départements). With a population of 67 million inhabitants, France is the second most populous country in Western Europe (after "Germany) and the 20th largest in the world. "Paris is the capital of France and the country's most populous city, with over 12 million people in its "aire urbaine; "Lyon is the second largest city with 2.2 million people (associated with "Villeurbanne), and the third is "Marseille with 1.7 million people.

The French Republic is a "democracy which is organised as a "unitary "semi-presidential "republic. It has the "fifth-largest economy in the world in nominal terms. Its main ideals are expressed in the "Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. France is one of the founding members of the "European Union, and has the largest land area of all members. France is also a founding member of the "United Nations, and a member of the "G7, "G8, "NATO, and the "Latin Union. It is one of the five permanent members of the "United Nations Security Council wielding veto power, and it is also one of eight acknowledged "nuclear powers. With almost 82 million foreign tourists each year, France is the most popular international tourist destination in the world.

"French is the official national language, but each region has its own unique accent; additionally, there are several other "languages of France traditionally spoken, although their use has greatly decreased over the past two centuries. French is also an "official language in 41 countries, most of which form what is called "la Francophonie, the community of French-speaking nations.

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""The Hôtel Raphaël in Paris, which was used as the Hotel Chevalier of the film's title and where all of the scenes were shot
"Hotel Chevalier is a "short film written and directed by "Wes Anderson and released in 2007. Starring "Jason Schwartzman and "Natalie Portman as former lovers who reunite in a Paris hotel room, the 13-minute film acts as a "prologue to Anderson's 2007 feature "The Darjeeling Limited. It was shot on location in a Parisian hotel by a small crew and self-financed by Anderson, who initially intended it to be a stand-alone work. Its first showing was at the "Venice Film Festival première of the feature film on September 2, 2007, and it made its own debut later that month at "Apple Stores in four American cities. The day after its première, it was made available for free from the "iTunes Store for one month, during which it was downloaded more than 500,000 times. Hotel Chevalier became one of the most-discussed short films of the year, with much popular attention drawn in particular by Portman's extended "nude scene. The film garnered near-universal critical acclaim from reviewers who compared it favorably with The Darjeeling Limited and praised its richness, poignancy, and careful construction.

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""Fauré in 1907
"Gabriel Urbain Fauré (12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French "composer, "organist, "pianist, and "music teacher of the "Romantic Music era and genre. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers. Among his best-known works are his "Pavane, "Requiem, and "nocturnes for piano. Although his best-known and most accessible compositions are generally his earlier ones, Fauré composed many of his greatest works in his later years, in a "harmonically and "melodically much more complex style.

Fauré was born into a cultured but not particularly musical family. His talent became clear when he was a small boy. At the age of nine, he was sent to a music college in Paris, where he was trained to be a church organist and choirmaster. Among his teachers was "Camille Saint-Saëns, who became a lifelong friend. After graduating from the college in 1865, Fauré earned a modest living as an organist and teacher, leaving him little time for composition. When he became successful in his middle age, holding the important posts of organist of the "Église de la Madeleine and director of the "Paris Conservatoire, he still lacked time for composing; he retreated to the countryside in the summer holidays to concentrate on composition. By his last years, Fauré was recognised in France as the leading French composer of his day. An unprecedented national musical tribute was held for him in Paris in 1922, headed by the president of the "French Republic. Outside France, Fauré's music took decades to become widely accepted, except in Britain, where he had many admirers during his lifetime.

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"Pierre Séguier, Chancellor of France (1588-1672) known as Chancellor Séguier at the Entry of Louis XIV into Paris in 1660
Image credit: Acquired from the subject's descendants, with the assistance of the Friends of the Louvre association, 1942

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