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France is a prominent country situated in Western Europe, and shares a border with both northern Italy and northeastern Spain.

HistoryEdit

Middle AgesEdit

During the Crusades, French soldiers, along with English and German troops, descended on the Holy Land to participate in the Crusades. French Templar knights were among the most dangerous fighters of the day, though many were assassinated by the Levantine Assassin Altair ibn La'Ahad.

In 1307, King Philip le Bel was heavily in debt to the Order of the Knights Templar. He was manipulated by the French Assassins into disbanding the Templars by accusing them of heresy. King Philip arrested hundreds of Templars, and burned their Grand Master Jacques de Molay at the stake, driving the Order back underground.[1]

In the 1400s, Jeanne d'Arc acquired the Sword of Eden, and led French soldiers to victories in the Hundred Years' War. In 1431, she was captured and executed by the English, while opportunistic Templars took the Sword.[2]

RenaissanceEdit

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During the Renaissance, France was ruled by King Louis XII from his capital in Paris, though he was drawn away from the throne by his military conquests. During his absence, he left his foreign ministers in command, not knowing that they were working for the Borgia.[3]

The French Army was employed alongside the Papal Armies by Cesare Borgia in order to unite Italy under one banner.[4]

Age of EnlightenmentEdit

France, in competition with Spain and England, sought to build up their Empire by capturing territories in Africa and, to a lesser extent, the West Indies.

France aided the Thirteen Colonies during the American Revolutionary War: the Marquis de Lafayette served as George Washington's aide-de-camp from 1777, and the French Navy under Admiral De Grasse's command aided the Americans.[5]

Ultimately, various issues led to the French having their own revolution in 1789,[6] and control of France ultimately fell to Napoleon Bonaparte. From 1804 to 1815, he was the Emperor of France. He was known to be a great military commander, and his success in his conquests were the result of the use of a Piece of Eden.[7]

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