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Besançon

Besancon
The old city of Besançon
and the meander of the Doubs River.
Administration
Full nameBesançon
City mottoPleut A Dieu ("If God wills") or Utinam
CountryFrance
RegionFranche-Comt
DepartmentDoubs
MayorJean-Louis Fousseret (PS) (2008 2014)
Statistics
Land Area25.1 sq mi (65.05 km2)
Total Population117599 (29th in France) (2008)
- Density4682.2/sq mi (1807.8/km2)
Urban Area47.1 sq mi (122 km2)
-- Population134376 (1999)
Metro Area637.7 sq mi (1652 km2)
INSEE25056

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Besançon (French and Arpitan: -frbəzɑ̃ˈsɔ̃; archaic , ), is the capital and principal city of the Franche-Comté region in eastern France. It had a population of about 220,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area in 1999. Located close to the border with Switzerland, it is the capital of the department of Doubs.

Once proclaimed first green city of France, it has been labeled a 'Town of Art and History' since 1986, and has been on the UNESCO world heritage list since 2008.


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