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France


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A. Economic Description
Compared to other countries, France's economy is the fourth largest in the world. France
is a very industrialized nation, yet it has kept some of the cultural characteristics that
contribute to its old-world charm. The economy is "exceptionally diversified" ("Economic
Structure", 1). It produces everything from aircrafts to pharmaceuticals.

1. Primary Economic Activities
Agriculture is France's main primary economic activity. The agriculture and agro-food
industries make up about 6% of the gross domestic product which is the total sum of
everything in the economy ("Economic Structure", 1). However, agriculture is about the
only bountiful natural resource in France. While France has limited amounts of coal,
uranium, and other materials that could be mined, it is very hard to get to those places
because they are so deep in the ground and they are unusable in steel production. France
also produces hydroelectric energy but it can not produce enough to meet the entire
country's needs ("Natural Resources", 1).

2. Secondary Economic Activities
France engages in quite a few secondary economic activities such as manufacturing,
machinery and transport equipment production, aircraft production, and pharmaceutical
items. This part of the economy makes up about 26% of France's gross domestic product and
25% of its labor force ("CIA 2001", 1). Manufacturing plays the largest role out of all of
the secondary economic activities with a contribution of 16% to the gross domestic
product. Behind it are the construction and energy generation companies which account for
4% and 3% of the gross domestic product ("Economic Structure", 1).

Tertiary Economic Activites
Services are a large part of the composition of France's gross domestic product. It
accounts for 70.6% of the GDP and a whopping 71% of the work force ("CIA 2001". 1).
Tourism has a lot to do with the very large chunk services take up in France's gross
domestic product. People make their way to France for many different reasons. Some people
come for the great food, wines, and pastries. Others come for the beautiful scenery of the
French Riviera, Eiffel Tower, and fun festivals such as the gypsy festival which is known
for its extravagant singing and dancing. Others come for art and entertainment which they
can take in at any one of France's many museums such as the Louvre. The Cannes Film
Festival is another event that makes France an attractive destination for those who love
the arts. The festival brings film stars together from all over the world to promote their
new summer movies. There is something for everyone in France.

According to lonelyplanet.com, the best times to go to France are in the spring and
winter. In the spring, the weather is nice and people start going out to the beaches. In
the winter you can have fun in the snow around France's Alps and the Pyrenees.

B. Migration
1. Refugee Migration
Because France is centered right in the middle of Western Europe, it is bordered by
several countries. Therefore it would be very easy for refugees from adjoining countries
to come over to France for safety. Refugees coming over to France could be a very big
problem if more than one country bordering France were to engage in civil war. An influx
in refugees could lead to overpopulation in areas and possibly food and supply shortages.

If France were to engage in a civil war, its people would have the option of going to any
of the countries that are on its borders. France has a good relationship with most, if not
all, of its border nations and any of their refugees would more than likely be welcomed
until the civil war ended. However, the countries that border France could also have the
same problems that France would face is refugees came into their country such as
overpopulation and food and supply shortages.

Since the end of World War II, most interactions between the countries of Western Europe
have been nice and civil. Such things as the European Union were put into place to ensure
"stability, peace, and economic prosperity"(European Union, 1).

2. Guest Workers
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