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
Departments are Doubs , Jura , Haute-Saone  and Territoire de Belfort .
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.
Morteau and Montbeliard sausages
Pauchouse which is a kind of bouillabaisse (fish stew) made from fresh water fish.