The city of Paris is the gray area in northern France. View of the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain taken April 1985.
The snow-covered mountains, which form a formidable physical barrier between France to the north (left) and Spain to the south (right), are the main focus of this low-oblique, southeast-looking photograph.
Scarcely interrupted by accessible passes and pierced in only two places by railroad tunnels, the Pyrenees are an ideal natural boundary between the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe.
The northern flank of the Pyrenees is characterized by a series of large alluvial deposits that fan out across southwestern France.
The massive courtyard at the Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles).
Most of the construction at the sprawling site was carried out in four phases between 16, during the reign of Louis XIV. Built by order of William the Conqueror, the former Benedictine abbey was completed in 1063.
The island of Corsica is visible in the Ligurian Sea to the south (image top).
The full moon reflects brightly on the water surface and also illuminates the tops of low patchy clouds over the border (center). Rich in antiquities and picturesque landscapes, the island provinces of Corsica, France, (top) and Sardinia, Italy, (bottom) have captured the imaginations of historians and poets alike for centuries.
If you have information about these or other national security challenges, please provide it through our secure online form.Human settlement is sparse throughout the Pyrenees.However, because the region is rich in mineral waters, there are dozens of mineral water resorts, and winter sports attract visitors from southwestern France.Across the Strait of Bonifacio to the south is Sardinia, the Mediterranean's second largest island.Stretching across the central, eastern part of Sardinia is the rugged terrain of Gennargentu - mountainous, thickly vegetated, and mostly uninhabited.Corsica, crowned with snow-capped mountains, jeweled with shimmering lakes, and cloaked in misty emerald forests, is situated in the Mediterranean Sea southeast of mainland France.The island has almost 1,700 hills and mountains, and is carved by an extensive network of rivers.In cases where an imminent threat exists, immediately contact your local law enforcement agencies and provide them with the threat information.To contact the Central Intelligence Agency click here.three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), white, and red; known as the "Le drapeau tricolore" (French Tricolor), the origin of the flag dates to 1790 and the French Revolution when the "ancient French color" of white was combined with the blue and red colors of the Parisian militia; the official flag for all French dependent areas This satellite photo shows Northwest Europe.Visible are the Republic of Ireland (top leftmost), the United Kingdom (top left), France (middle left), Belgium (middle), the Netherlands (top middle), Germany (right), Denmark (top right), Luxembourg (between France, Germany, and Belgium), Switzerland (bottom middle), Italy (bottom middle), and Austria (bottom right); the latter three all cloud covered.