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The Franche-Comté is bordered by Switzerland and has the Vosges Mountains to the north and to the south there are the Jura mountains. This is a forested area (43% of the area is wooded) with many lakes and rivers plus gorges in the more mountainous areas.  There are also vineyards.  Originally part of Burgundy  in 1127 Raynald III who was a count in the area refused to offer homage to King Lothair II who was a German King and he eventually  succeeded in his rebellion and therefore was known as the Franc-Comté which means Free Count and thus the name of the region: Franche-Comté which means "Free Country". Close to Switzerland, the region has many watchmakers and 85% of French watches are produced in this region.

Departments and Main Towns Leon de Belfrt by D Rondot

Departments are Doubs [25], Jura [39], Haute-Saone [70] and Territoire de Belfort [90].

Cities and towns: Vesoul, Besançon, Belfort, Lons-le-Saunier, Bourg-en-Bresse, Privas, Valence, Grenoble, Saint Etienne, Lyon, Chambéry,




Chardonay, Savagnin - which are white wines

Poulsard, Rosé d'Arbois, Trousseau, which are Rosé

Vine de Paille (Straw Wine) is regarded as a more prestigious wine

Vin Jaune is a light aperitif wine somewhat like a "fino" sherry

Liqueur de Sapin is a pine based liqueur




Bleu de Gex, Comté, Concoilotte, Emmental, Morbier,Raclette, Vacherin





Biscuits Griottes Bisontines, Minutes de Besançon and Galets du Doubs.

Luxeuil Ham

Morteau and Montbeliard sausages

Pauchouse which is a kind of bouillabaisse (fish stew) made from fresh water fish.