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Location: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain southeast of the United Kingdom; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain
Population: 58.1 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: Paris
Comparative area: Slightly more than twice the size of Colorado; largest West European nation
Religions: Roman Catholic 90 percent, Protestant 2 percent, Jewish 1 percent, Muslim (North African workers) 1 percent, unaffiliated 6 percent
Landscape:  Mostly flat plains or gently rolling hills in north and west; remainder is mountainous, especially Pyrenees in south, Alps in east
Recognized by International Olympic Committee: 1894

Source: Knight-Ridder/Tribune

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Friday, Feb. 13: Cretier Surprise Winner in Treacherous Downhill
Tuesday, Feb. 10: France's Ruby Wins; A Giant Loss for Americans

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