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France is located in Western Europe. It consists of mainland France and the island of Corsica. France also controls a large number of overseas territories and colonies including, Algeria, Syria, Madagascar, and resource-rich Indochina. It is dominated by flat, arable land in the Northwest and forest and highland in the center. France borders {{flag|Belgium}} to the north. To the Northeast in the region of Alsace-Lorraine lies the small Vosges mountain range and the huge river Rhine, which makes up the natural border with {{flag|German Reich}}. To the south lies the Pyrenees mountains which separate France from {{flag|Spain}}. To the east lies {{flag|Switzerland}} and {{flag|Italy}} lies to the Southeast separated by the huge Alps mountain range. France both borders the Mediterranean Sea to the south, the English channel to the Northwest and the Bay of Biscay to the west.
==Historical Background==

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