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A portrait of Franche-Comté

  • Lac Saint-Point ( Doubs) / David Cesbron Région Franche-Comté
    Lac Saint-Point / David Cesbron Région Franche-Comté
  • Paysage eneigé du Haut-Jura / David Cesbron Région Franche-Comté
    Paysage enneigé du Haut-Jura / David Cesbron Région Franche-Comté
  • Chaine de montage chez Peugeot à Sochaux (Doubs) / DR
    Chaine de montage chez Peugeot à Sochaux (Doubs) / DR
Situated in the east of France and just two hours from Paris by high-speed train (TGV), the Franche-Comté region lies between Burgundy and Alsace, on the Swiss border and not far from Germany and Italy. The region abounds in natural beauty but is also a dynamic cultural and industrial powerhouse. Guided tour.

Key figures

4 departments : Doubs, Jura, Haute-Saône, Territoire de Belfort
Area : 16,200 km2
1,173,000 inhabitants (2011 figures)
A green region with 42% forest coverage
France's No. 1 industrial region

A natural region

With its mountains, lakes and forests, the region is rich in natural assets. It is crossed by the Jura and Vosges mountain ranges and boasts two regional nature parks, 705,000 ha of forest, 5,350 km of streams, 80 lakes, 1,000 ponds and 320 km of navigable waterways (the Saône and the Doubs). These natural resources are complemented by a wide range of facilities: listed ski resorts, spas etc.

France's leading industrial region

As the number one industrial area in France, Franche-Comté plays host to several major leading companies in their field: carmakers PSA Peugeot–Citroën and major automotive parts manufacturers, Alstom, who are developing rail transport and energy production at three sites in the region, Solvay, the chemical industry experts and General Electric, whose European head office is in Belfort.
The regional industrial network also features traditional forms of expertise such as watchmaking, the manufacture of glasses and woodwork. Finally, a number of competitiveness hubs promote innovation in some of the region's key sectors: microtechnology, the vehicles of the future, plastics and agri-business.

Culture then and now

The region's cultural life lays claim to a proud architectural and industrial heritage, but is also marked by the legacy of national characters who went on to become famous, such as the artist Gustave Courbet, the writer Victor Hugo, the scientists Louis Pasteur and the Lumière brothers. The region boasts around 200 museums, tourist sites and monuments, three of which are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the citadel in Besançon, a Vauban masterpiece; the Royal Saltworks in Arc-et-Senans, the Grand Saltworks and the Salt Museum in Salins-les-Bains. This heritage is further enriched by contemporary creativity, cultural projects and a vibrant selection of festivals in the region, such as the Eurockéennes in Belfort.

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