The main natural resources of France are iron ore, salt, sulfur, bauxite, zinc, uranium, antimony, arsenic, potash, feldspar, fluorspar and gypsum. The country also has substantial amounts of renewable energy and is known for its extensive timber and fishing industries.Know More
France's mineral resources have been heavily depleted over the years, but it still has significant deposits of potash (in Alsace), uranium (in the Massif Central), salt (in Lorraine and Franche-Comté) and sulfur (in Aquitaine). Coal used to be the main mineral resource, but the last mine was closed in 2004. Sources of bauxite, lead, zinc and silver still exist, albeit in very small amounts.
France's fishing industry is an important resource, although not as fruitful as it was in the past. Shellfish are abundant on the Atlantic coast, while the country's Mediterranean coast has fisheries on a much smaller scale. Forests of pine and fir mean that wood lumber, paper and pulp resources are available, although demand does exceed its availability.
Wind and hydro-electric power are fast becoming vital resources in France as of 2015, with the country's mountainous terrain and blustery conditions producing plenty of energy. Wind power generated nearly 3 percent of the electricity used by France in 2010, and that may well increase, as the country has the second largest wind resource in Europe.Learn more about France
The French National Statistics Office reports that there are 123 cities in France with a population larger than 50,000, as of 2010. However, depending on one's definition of city and the year in question, the number of French cities can vary.Full Answer >
Three are seven major landforms in France: the Cotentin Peninsula, the Brittany Peninsula, the Channel islands, Corsica, the Alps, Gorges du Verdon and various coastal islands. Taken as a whole, France resembles a pentagon and is bordered by eight countries, including Italy, Germany and Switzerland.Full Answer >
The Loire, the Rhine, the Rhône, the Seine and the Garonne constitute the five largest rivers in France. The Loire, which is the longest river flowing completely in France, begins in the Ardeche and winds through the cities of Nantes, Tours and Orleans. It measures 629 miles in length.Full Answer >
France is a country covered largely in plains and accented by occasional rolling hills and expansive mountains along its borders. The second-largest country in Europe, France is mountainous in its northern coast as well as along the English Channel. In eastern and southern France, the country borders the Alps, where the country's highest peak, Mont Blanc, summits at 15,770 feet.Full Answer >