France is a country located in Western Europe that also comprises various overseas islands and territories located in other continents. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is often referred to as L’Hexagone ("The Hexagon") because of the geometric shape of its territory.
France at the early 20th century, along with its ally Britain declared war on Germany by invading the German colony Togoland on August 1914, instigating the Great War. France became one of the Allied victors in the Great War, following a ceasefire proposal from Germany on October 1918. France later became a member of the European Trade Organization and the United European Defense.
On August 1921, for reasons unknown, France had dispatched 12 French spies into Russia but only to be discovered and executed without trial. This incident further stagnated Russia's poor relationship with Western Europe and proceeded its policy of isolationism.
Following the outbreak of the Chimeran War, France became one of the European countries that fell to the Chimera within two months. Remnants of the UED, including French and other European forces, banded together to form the Maquis, and took shelter in safe zones such as Luxembourg and Reims while resisting the Chimera.
During the later events of Operation Overstrike, the combined efforts of Maquis and British forces assaulted Paris, turning the city into a battle ground, allowing British Royal Marines Pvt. James Grayson to infiltrate and infecting the heart of the Chrysalis Lair, causing a halt to Chimeran conversion centers throughout Europe. Following Grayson's battle in the Lair, Major Stephen Cartwright's forces managed to destroy the Paris Tower, with similar results as from the destruction of the London Tower, allowing a temporary end to Chimeran rule in Western Europe.