France 1960 CE

France has experienced the full brunt of two world wars.

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What is happening in France in 1960CE

France sustained terrible losses in World War 1, but in victory she regained Alsace-Lorraine, and forced punitive reparations from Germany.

World War 2 saw France being occupied by Germany; but Free French forces, built up by Charles de Gaulle in the French overseas territories, played a notable part in her liberation. France then experienced strong economic growth under the Fourth Republic, but the credibility of the government was undermined by a series of weak, short-lived governments. France’s place in the world was further damaged by a series of fierce colonial wars, above all in Indo-China and Algeria. As a result, in 1958 the Fourth Republic was replaced by the Fifth Republic. In order to avoid the weak governments of the past, this has given the President a central role with extensive powers. The first of these presidents is General de Gaulle. He actively seeks to find constructive solutions to France’s colonial problems, which will result in her withdrawal from all her major overseas posessions.

France is a founder-member of NATO, and a founder-member of the European Common Market.

Next map, France in 2005

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