January 1, 2008
France, a founding member of the European Union, has a population of 62.8 million (including overseas territories) and is the sixth largest economy in the world. In spring 2007, a year before the highly anticipated American presidential elections, France held its presidential and legislative elections. Elected in May 2007, President Nicolas Sarkozy represents a generational shift in France’s leadership. This French-American Foundation guide to the French government provides a brief overview of French institutions and the French political system.
Read French-American Foundation’s guide to the French government here