Synonyms of 'region: French regions'
Alsacea region and former province of NE France, between the Vosges mountains and the Rhine: famous for its wines. Area: 8280 sq km (3196 sq miles) Aquitainea region of SW France, on the Bay of Biscay: a former Roman province and medieval duchy. It is generally flat in the west, rising to the slopes of the Massif Central in the northeast and the Pyrenees in the south; mainly agricultural Auvergnea region of S central France: largely mountainous, rising over 1800 m (6000 ft) Basse-Normandiea region of NW France, on the English Channel: consists of the Cherbourg peninsula in the west rising to the Normandy hills in the east; mainly agricultural Brittanya region of NW France, the peninsula between the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay: settled by Celtic refugees from Wales and Cornwall during the Anglo-Saxon invasions; disputed between England and France until 1364 Burgundya region of E France famous for its wines, lying west of the Saône: formerly a semi-independent duchy; annexed to France in 1482 Centrea region of central France: generally low-lying; drained chiefly by the Rivers Loire, Loir, and Cher Champagne-Ardennea region of NE France: a countship and commercial centre in medieval times; it consists of a great plain, with sheep and dairy farms and many vineyards Corsicaan island in the Mediterranean, west of N Italy: forms, with 43 islets, a region of France; mountainous; settled by Greeks in about 560 bc; sold by Genoa to France in 1768. Capital: Ajaccio. Pop: 265 999 (2003 est). Area: 8682 sq km (3367 sq miles) Franche-Comtéa region of E France, covering the Jura and the low country east of the Saône: part of the Kingdom of Burgundy (6th century ad–1137); autonomous as the Free County of Burgundy (1137–1384); under Burgundian rule again (1384–1477) and Hapsburg rule (1493–1674); annexed by France (1678) Haute-Normandiea region of NW France, on the English Channel: generally fertile and flat Île-de-Francea region of N France, in the Paris Basin: part of the duchy of France in the 10th century Languedoc-Roussillona region of S France, on the Gulf of Lions: consists of the departments of Lozère, Gard, Hérault, Aude, and Pyrénées-Orientales; mainly mountainous with a coastal plain Limousina region and former province of W central France, in the W part of the Massif Central Lorrainea region and former province of E France; ceded to Germany in 1871 after the Franco-Prussian war and regained by France in 1919; rich iron-ore deposits Midi-Pyrénéesa region of SW France: consists of N slopes of the Pyrenees in the south, a fertile lowland area in the west crossed by the River Garonne, and the edge of the Massif Central in the north and east Nord-Pas-de-Calaisa region of N France, on the Straits of Dover (the Pas de Calais): coal-mining, textile, and metallurgical industries Pays de LoirePicardiePoitou-Charentesa region of W central France, on the Bay of Biscay: mainly low-lying Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azurmetropolitan region of SE France: 12,124 sq mi (31,401 sq km); pop. 4,258,000; chief city, Marseille Rhône-Alpesa region of E France: mainly mountainous, rising to the edge of the Massif Central in the west and the French Alps in the east; drained by the Rivers Rhône, Saône, and Isère ▷ See region
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