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Subaquatic vegetation in the Loire river near Digoin, Saône-et-Loire, France (46°27’ N, 3°59’ E). Training arena in the hippodrome of Maisons-Laffite, Yvelines, France (48°57’ N, 2°10’ E). Nature reserve, Arguin bank, Gironde, France (44°39’N, 1°15’W).
Agricultural landscape near Cognac, Charente, France (45°42’ N,  0°13’ W).Gardens at the Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte, Seine et Marne, France (48°34Oyster beds near Marennes, Charente-Maritime, France (45°49’N, 1°06’W).
House in Keremma, on the Kernic cove at low tide, Finistère France (48°39Gardens of the Château de Villandry, Indre-et-Loire Department, France (47°20’N, 0°30’E).The Puy de Dôme, Auvergne volcano range, Puy-de-Dôme, France (45°47’N, 2°57’E).
The largest plant maze in the world, at Reignac-sur-Indre, Indre-et-Loire Department, France (47°13Pyramid of the Louvre, Paris, France (48°52’N, 2°20’E).Detail of the Gallo-Roman ruins at Pontchartrain, Yvelines Department, France (48°48N, 1°54’E).
American cemetery north of Verdun, Meuse, France (49°09’N, 5°23’E).Palace of Versailles at sunset, Yvelines, France (48°48’N, 2°07’E).Saint-Laurent-Nouan electronuclear power station, Loir-et-Cher, France (47°42
Scrap yard, Saint-Brieuc, Côtes-dFishermen’s huts near Talmont-sur-Gironde, Charente-Maritime Department, France (45°35’N, 0°54’W).Palace of Versailles, Yvelines, France (48°48
Deoiling basin at a water purification centre, Marne, France (49°00’ N, 4°20’ E). Trees brought down by the storm in the Vosges forest, France (48°39Roped party of mountaineers climbing Mont Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France (45°50’ N, 6°53’ E).
Algae in the gulf of Morbihan, France (47°55’N, 2°50’W).Landscape of brightly colored fields near Sarraud, Vaucluse, France (44°01’N, 5°24’E).Naturists of the center of Arnaoutchot, Landes, France (43°55’N, 1°22’W).
Vallée Blanche glacier at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi, Mont-Blanc Massif, Haute-Savoie, France (45°55Buren’s Columns, the Palais-Royal, Paris, France (48°51’N, 2°21’E).National Military Cemetery of Notre Dame de Lorette, near Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, Pas-de-Calais, France (50°23’N, 02°42’E).




Map of the European Union in the courtyard of André Malraux high school, Montereau-Fault-Yonne, Seine-et-Marne, France (48°24’ N, 2°58’ E).

Only at the Lycée André Malraux in Montereau-Fault-Yonne, southeast of Paris, can students correct their lessons in Greece, munch a sandwich in Portugal, and chat for a while in Denmark. This map of the European Union, painted by the students with their teachers’ permission, has adorned the courtyard of the school since April 2002, when twelve of the union’s fifteen countries adopted the euro as their common currency. Although clearly visible here, borders between states are gradually disappearing in Europe, while the real, invisible frontiers—between Basques and Spaniards, Walloons and Flemings, Catholics and Protestants in Belfast—endure. The eastern frontier is preparing to open to welcome the next ten member states, who are drawn to this Europe of democracy and prosperity. The union will spend 25 billion euros (about $28.75 billion), or 0.08 percent of its gross domestic product, on these newcomers during the first three years after enlargement. This is less than a tenth of the amount Germany has spent on its reunification since 1990. As for the students, they are ready to take up their brushes again in 2004.

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