France is a Western European nation.
During the early centuries CE it was a part of the Roman Empire as Gaul. A few centuries later Charlemagne built a large Frankish Empire. Later there was a French kingdom, then there was Napoleon's France. During World War I France was an ally of the United Kingdom and the United States. During World War II France was an ally of the United Kingdom and the United States but was invaded and taken over by Nazi Germany.