France, with the official name of the French Republic, is situated in Western Europe and is prevalent member of the European Union. As the largest country in Western Europe, France’s shores expand to the North Sea, the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean. The country covers 211,207 miles of land, with neighboring countries such as Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Belgium. France is currently a republic, with a parliamentary system consisting of the National Assembly and the Senate, and where the national government is divided into an executive, legislative, and judicial branch. The president and Prime Minister, in this governmental atmosphere, share executive power.