Betzdorf is a commune and town in the canton of Grevenmacher, in eastern Luxembourg. As of 2017, the town of Betzdorf, which lies in the north-east of the commune, has a population of 254 inhabitants. Other settlements within the commune include the commune's administrative centre, Berg, as well as Mensdorf and Roodt-sur-Syre. Betzdorf Castle is the headquarters of SES, the world's largest satellite operator in terms of revenue and one of the four largest components of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange's main LuxX Index. Media related to Betzdorf at Wikimedia Commons
Octavie Modert is a politician from Luxembourg. She was born in Grevenmacher, she studied in Strasbourg and Reading. Octavie Modert belongs to the Christian Social People's Party, a major political party in Luxembourg. In 2004, she was elected to the Chamber of Deputies, she became Secretary of State for Relations with Parliament, Secretary of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Secretary of State for Culture, Higher Education and Research during the same year. She is the youngest member of the 2004 Government. Eu2005.lu
Flaxweiler is a commune and small town in south-eastern Luxembourg. It is part of the canton of Grevenmacher; as of 2001, the town of Flaxweiler, which lies in the north-west of the commune, has a population of 338. Other towns within the commune include Beyren, Gostingen and Oberdonven; the Mayor of Flaxweiler is the chief executive of the administration of the Luxembourgish commune of Flaxweiler. The incumbent mayor is Théo Weirich. Media related to Flaxweiler at Wikimedia Commons Official website "Flaxweiler - Découvrir la commune". Commune of Flaxweiler. Retrieved 25 August 2012
Frantz Seimetz was a prolific Luxembourg artist who painted portraits and landscapes in the Impressionist style. Born in Grevenmacher on the Moselle, Seimetz first worked as a house painter and decorator until the industrialist Antoine Pescatore noticed his artistic talents and provided support for his education. In 1875, he began his studies in Brussels, continuing at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts and at the French Academy. Seimetz was a prolific artist, creating over a thousand oils and sketches of scenes in Luxembourg City and across the country, his work is however rather irregular compared to that of his friend Jean-Pierre Beckius, regarded as the national "Moselle painter". His most fruitful period was in Echternach where he painted numerous scenes of the surroundings including the Mullerthal, his pictures are realistic and romantic, bordering on Impressionism. After 1900, his style became brighter and more colourful, reflecting the happiness and beauty of the moment he must have experienced.
Seimetz himself was rather like his paintings. He was regarded as something of an eccentric with his full moustache, small beard and curly hair, his floppy hat and flowing clothes. Always optimistic and full of good humour, he led a adventurous life, he travelled to the West Indies and Mexico. In the United States, he sailed down the Mississippi on a flat boat, his wife, Marie-Antoinette Bourger from Arlon a talented artist, did not object to the rather unstable life they led. After Echternach and Arlon, in 1923 they moved to Luxembourg City where their house packed with old furniture is said to have looked like a museum. Many of Seimetz' portraits are of exotic figures he met on his travels but there are excellent paintings of his wife and his Luxembourg friends including Michel Rodange, Sosthène Weis, Michel Engels and Batty Weber, but his masterpiece is considered to be his portrait of a fair-haired girl. Many of his self-portraits are reminiscent of Frans Hals. In 1932, Seimetz painted his last picture.
Thereafter he took up writing, first in German in Luxembourgish and in his Moselle dialect. "Der Feuersalamander" is full of pleasant anecdotes and tales from his younger days as well as his passages describing his political and religious views. Today Seimetz is remembered as a conscientious artist who dominated the Luxembourg art scene for a considerable time, he was the first Luxembourger to delve into Impressionism and the first, after Nicolas Liez, to paint out in the open air. He was the first Luxembourger who managed to live from art alone. Seimetz died in Limpertsberg, Luxembourg City, on 26 October 1934. 1904, Grand-Duc Adolphe Prize together with Dominique Lang
Temmels is a municipality in the Trier-Saarburg district, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. From 18 July 1946 to 6 June 1947 Temmels, in its municipal boundary, formed part of the Saar Protectorate
Manternach is a commune and small town in eastern Luxembourg. It is part of the canton of Grevenmacher; as of 2001, the town of Manternach, which lies in the south of the commune, has a population of 417. Other towns within the commune include Berbourg and Munschecker. Manternach railway station has regular services directly to Luxembourg railway station in Luxembourg city and Wasserbillig. Media related to Manternach at Wikimedia Commons
France the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean, it is bordered by Belgium and Germany to the northeast and Italy to the east, Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic and Indian oceans; the country's 18 integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres and a total population of 67.3 million. France, a sovereign state, is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nice. During the Iron Age, what is now metropolitan France was inhabited by a Celtic people. Rome annexed the area in 51 BC, holding it until the arrival of Germanic Franks in 476, who formed the Kingdom of Francia.
The Treaty of Verdun of 843 partitioned Francia into Middle Francia and West Francia. West Francia which became the Kingdom of France in 987 emerged as a major European power in the Late Middle Ages following its victory in the Hundred Years' War. During the Renaissance, French culture flourished and a global colonial empire was established, which by the 20th century would become the second largest in the world; the 16th century was dominated by religious civil wars between Protestants. France became Europe's dominant cultural and military power in the 17th century under Louis XIV. In the late 18th century, the French Revolution overthrew the absolute monarchy, established one of modern history's earliest republics, saw the drafting of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, which expresses the nation's ideals to this day. In the 19th century, Napoleon established the First French Empire, his subsequent Napoleonic Wars shaped the course of continental Europe. Following the collapse of the Empire, France endured a tumultuous succession of governments culminating with the establishment of the French Third Republic in 1870.
France was a major participant in World War I, from which it emerged victorious, was one of the Allies in World War II, but came under occupation by the Axis powers in 1940. Following liberation in 1944, a Fourth Republic was established and dissolved in the course of the Algerian War; the Fifth Republic, led by Charles de Gaulle, remains today. Algeria and nearly all the other colonies became independent in the 1960s and retained close economic and military connections with France. France has long been a global centre of art and philosophy, it hosts the world's fourth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually. France is a developed country with the world's sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP, tenth-largest by purchasing power parity. In terms of aggregate household wealth, it ranks fourth in the world. France performs well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, human development.
France is considered a great power in global affairs, being one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council with the power to veto and an official nuclear-weapon state. It is a leading member state of the European Union and the Eurozone, a member of the Group of 7, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization, La Francophonie. Applied to the whole Frankish Empire, the name "France" comes from the Latin "Francia", or "country of the Franks". Modern France is still named today "Francia" in Italian and Spanish, "Frankreich" in German and "Frankrijk" in Dutch, all of which have more or less the same historical meaning. There are various theories as to the origin of the name Frank. Following the precedents of Edward Gibbon and Jacob Grimm, the name of the Franks has been linked with the word frank in English, it has been suggested that the meaning of "free" was adopted because, after the conquest of Gaul, only Franks were free of taxation.
Another theory is that it is derived from the Proto-Germanic word frankon, which translates as javelin or lance as the throwing axe of the Franks was known as a francisca. However, it has been determined that these weapons were named because of their use by the Franks, not the other way around; the oldest traces of human life in what is now France date from 1.8 million years ago. Over the ensuing millennia, Humans were confronted by a harsh and variable climate, marked by several glacial eras. Early hominids led a nomadic hunter-gatherer life. France has a large number of decorated caves from the upper Palaeolithic era, including one of the most famous and best preserved, Lascaux. At the end of the last glacial period, the climate became milder. After strong demographic and agricultural development between the 4th and 3rd millennia, metallurgy appeared at the end of the 3rd millennium working gold and bronze, iron. France has numerous megalithic sites from the Neolithic period, including the exceptiona