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Franche-Comté

Franche-Comte
NameFranche-Comté
Reg LogoLogo Franche-Comte.png
FlagFranche-Comté.svg
CapitalBesançon
Area16202
Population1,159,000
Pop Date2008-01-01
Pop Rank20th
Websitefranche-comte.fr
LeaderMarie-Marguerite Dufay
Leader PartyPS
Departments4
Dept1Doubs
Dept2Jura
Dept3Haute-Saône
Dept4Territoire de Belfort
NUTSFR43
Iso RegionFR-I

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Franche-Comté (-frfʁɑ̃ʃ kɔ̃te; Franc-Comtois: Fraintche-Comtè; ) the former "Free County" of Burgundy, as distinct from the neighbouring Duchy, is an administrative region and a traditional province of eastern France. It is composed of the modern departments of Doubs, Jura, :Haute-Saône and Territoire de Belfort and has a population of 1,159,000 (2008).

The principal cities are the capital Besançon, Belfort, and Montbéliard (Aire Urbaine Belfort-Montbéliard-Héricourt-Delle). Other important cities are Dole (capital before the region was conquered by Louis XIV in the late 17th century), Vesoul (capital of Haute-Saône), Arbois (the "wine capital" of the Jura), and Lons-le-Saunier (capital of Jura).


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