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France in XIX century

France is the main setting of Les Misérables.

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France is the biggest country in Western Europe and the third-largest in Europe as a whole. It possesses the 2nd-largest exclusive economic zone in the world.

France has been a major power with strong cultural, economic, military, and political influence in Europe and around the world. France has its main ideals expressed in the 18th-century Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, France built the second-largest colonial empire of the time, ruling large portions of first North America and India and then Northwest and Central Africa; Madagascar; Indochina and Kouang-Tchéou-Wan; and many Caribbean and Pacific Islands. It's well known for its shopping, culture and tourist attractions including the most well known Eiffel tower. As well it's known as the city of love. The language is French it's also well known for it's beauty.

During the 19th century, in which Les Miserables is set, France had one of the largest empires of the world, its colonial possessions including Indo-China, French Guiana, and a considerable amount of northern and western Africa.

Paris in Les Misérables (gallery)[]