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Franche-Comté
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  • Franche-Comté is a former administrative region and a traditional province of eastern France


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  • Since 1 January 2016, it is part of the new region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
  • It is composed of the modern departments of Doubs, Jura, Haute-Saône and the Territoire de Belfort
  • In 2009, its population was 1,168,208
  • The region is named after the Franche Comté de Bourgogne (Free County of Burgundy), definitively separated from the region of Burgundy proper in the fifteenth century
  • In 2016, these two halves of the historic Kingdom of Burgundy were reunited, as the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
  • The name "Franche-Comté" is feminine because the word "comté" in the past was generally feminine, although today it is masculine
  • The principal cities are the capital Besançon, Belfort and Montbéliard (the last two form the aire urbaine Belfort-Montbéliard-Héricourt-Delle)
  • Other important cities are Dole (the capital before the region was conquered by Louis XIV in the late seventeenh century), Vesoul (capital of Haute-Saône), Arbois (the "wine capital" of the Jura), and Lons-le-Saunier (the capital of Jura)

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