Description of the country:
France is a sovereign state including territory in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. European part of France is famous as metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean France shares borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Spain and Andorra. The word Japan comes from Latin word Francia means "land of the Franks".
Geography of the country:
Geographically, France is about 80% the size of Texas. In the Alps near the Italian and Swiss borders is Western Europe's highest point—Mont Blanc (15,781 ft; 4,810 m). Altogether, the country is having Land area of 210,668 sq mi (545,630 sq km) and total area of 211,209 sq mi (547,030 sq km.
Status of economy, research and development:
France has the world's sixth-largest economy by nominal figures and the ninth largest economy by PPP figures. It has the third-largest economy in Europe with Germany and the UK in 1st and 2nd. The country is pioneer in advanced research in Chemistry, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, biomedical devices, aerospace and defense, robotics and medical sciences, ship building, textiles, and automobile.
Status about the different subjects in which extensive research is going on:
In Toxicology, Medicine and Chemistry, France produced 22 Nobel laureates so far. The history of toxicology in France is closely linked to crimes and to forensic medicine. France has established infrastructure for advanced medical research. World Library of Toxicology for Toxicology and Medical Research and Development monitors the funding and integration of the R & D related to medical sciences in the country. The Université Paris-Sud in Orsay is the leading Institution in Toxicology and medical research in france. Numerous toxicology medical journals are published from France with good reputation. Several leading Institution in the country including Université Paris Descartes - Paris V, Pierre and Marie Curie University, École Polytechnique, University of Strasbourg and others are spearheading the medical research.