• Sunny France
    Sunny France
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n franc the basic monetary unit in many countries; equal to 100 centimes
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Francis II. of France Francis II. of France
Map of France and Belgium Map of France and Belgium
La France La France
Frances Anne Hoare's Frances Anne Hoare's

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Greece, and Australia have always been in the modern Olympics since it began in 1896
    • n Franc frăṉk A silver coin of France, and since 1795 the unit of the French monetary system. It has been adopted by Belgium and Swizerland. In 1913 it was equivalent to about nineteen cents American, or ten pence British, and is divided into 100 centimes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In France, it is illegal for a person to kiss another on railways
    • n franc Either of two ancient coins in France: one, of gold (the franc à cheval, the obverse being a horseman), first coined by John the Good in 1360; the other, of silver, by Henry III. in 1575. The gold franc weighed about 60 grains, and was worth about half a guinea English. The specimen of the silver coin given in the cut weighs about 217 grains, and was worth about one third as much as the gold coin. This coin afterward fluctuated greatly in size and value, and was not minted after 1641, being replaced by the still older livre, but remained as a money of account.
    • n franc A French silver coin and money of account which since 1795 has formed the unit of the French monetary system. It has also been adopted as the unit of currency by Switzerland and Belgium, and the lira of Italy, the drachma of Greece, the dinar of Servia, etc., have been made conformable to it. It is of the value of a little over 9½ d. English money, or about 19 United States cents, and is divided into 100 centimes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: King Henry III of France, Louis XIV of France, and Napoleon all suffered from ailurophobia the fear of cats.
    • n Franc frangk a French silver coin, forming since 1795 the unit of the French monetary system, and now also used in Belgium, Switzerland, equal to fully 9½d. sterling, the equivalent of the Italian lira, the Greek drachma.
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  • Charles De Gaulle
    “France has lost a battle. But France has not lost the war.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “France may claim the happiest marriages in the world, but the happiest divorces in the world are made in America.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France.”
  • Douglas William Jerrold
    Douglas William Jerrold
    “The best thing I know between France and England is the sea.”
  • Mark Twain
    “France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. franc, a Franc. See Frank (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. franc, from the legend Francorum rex on the first coins.


In literature:

France would then be induced by the loss of her colonies to make a separate peace.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
For many months he was attached to the 28th and shared its life in Egypt, Gallipoli, France, and Belgium.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
All France rushed to arms, and not a moment too soon.
"With Spurs of Gold" by Frances Nimmo Greene
Richelieu did four things for France.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
Early in 1781, he was sent on a special mission to France to solicit a loan of money and to procure arms.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
One sees the thing every day on any of the great highroads in France leading from the Channel ports.
"The Automobilist Abroad" by M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
No, perhaps,' as her eyes fell on the still weeping Frances, 'it would be better to wait a little.
"Robin Redbreast" by Mary Louisa Molesworth
The citizens wore troubled, and talked together in low voices, while the soldiers were noisy and abusive against France.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Their intellectual supremacy passed over to France.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
War between France and Spain 220 12 Oct., 1822.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick

In poetry:

Welcome to France!
From sea to sea,
With heart and hand!
Welcome to all within the land--
Thrice welcome let her be!
"Arms And The Man - Welcome To France" by James Barron Hope
To them Sir Ursine did succeed,
And long the sceptre bare.
Sir Valentine he stay'd in France,
And was his uncle's heir.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
France was in their quick words,
France was in their veins.
They came here, they toiled here.
They suffered many pains.
"French Pioneers" by Stephen Vincent Benet
The king, at his pavilion door,
Was heard aloud to say:
"Last night, three of the lads of France
My standard stole away.
"Auld Maitland" by Andrew Lang
"Ye said that three young lads of France
Your standard stole away,
With a fause tale and fauser trayne,
And mony men did slay;
"Auld Maitland" by Andrew Lang
"But we are nane the lads of France,
Nor e'er pretend to be:
We are three lads of fair Scotland,--
Auld Maitland's sons are we.
"Auld Maitland" by Andrew Lang

In news:

Erin France published Thursday, March 29, 2012.
SAINT-QUENTIN, France – US sprinter Tyler Farrar finished the fifth stage of the Tour de France bloodied and angry, and had to be pulled away from the rider he blamed for causing his third crash in as many days.
Munir Uz Zaman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.
US scientist David Wineland and Serge Haroche, of France, win Nobel physics prize.
John Thys/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.
Dan Ruhl, who was in charge of the workers, says it's the first time they've boarded the building since Hurricane George in 1998, though they installed floodgates for both hurricanes Charley and Frances.
Air France started using electronic boarding pass es on mobile phones in September.
Gag-laden comedy 'Intouchables,' a smash hit in France, raises serious social issues.
Frances Micklow/The Star-Ledger Bogota 's Brenda Curiel (16) and Julia Topor (7) try to block River Dell's Laura Oh (14) during the River Dell and Bogota match at the Northern Valley Invitational.
Frances Micklow/The Star-Ledger Bogota 's Julia Topor (7) makes a powerful return during the River Dell and Bogota match at the Northern Valley Invitational.
Frances Micklow/The Star-Ledger Bogota 's Carly O'Sullivan takes a shot during the River Dell and Bogota match at the Northern Valley Invitational at Demarest.
A friendlier, more welcoming France.
America's all-star Olympic women's basketball team won its fifth consecutive gold medal in the women's basketball finals against France Saturday afternoon in London by a score of 86-50.
The boreal forests of northern Ontario cover an area roughly the size of France.
American novelist James Baldwin sits in front of his typewriter in the study of his home in St Paul de Vence, in southern France, on March 21, 1983.

In science:

Service de physique th´eorique, CE Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France.
A Classification of Non-Hermitian Random Matrices
Campus de Beaulieu, F-35042 Rennes Cedex, France, Dimitri.
Random walks on randomly oriented lattices
Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France, Dimitri.
Random walks in random environment on trees and multiplicative chaos
Measurements have been performed at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL, Grenoble, France) using the high-flux high-resolution spectrometer IN14 .
Elementary Excitations in Quantum Antiferromagnetic Chains: Dyons, Spinons and Breathers
Proceedings of the International Workshop on Rewriting Logic and its Applications (WRLA’98), volume 15 of ENTCS, Pont- `a-Mousson, France, September 1998.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies