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Cher

CHER     The Département du Cher (18) is in central France, north of the Massif Central. The River Cher, which rises in the neighbouring Department of the Creuse, also gives its name to the Department of Loir-et-Cher.   It eventually joins … Continue reading

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Centre

CENTRE Administrative region formed in 1960 in north central France, comprising the Departments (clockwise from the north) of Eure-et-Loir, Loiret, Cher, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, and Loir-et-Cher. It joins together the Orléannais (including the old County of Blois), Touraine and Berry.   It … Continue reading

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Bourgogne

BOURGOGNE The French name of BURGUNDY.  Since 1960 the old provincial name has been used for an administrative Region consisting of the departments of Côte-d’Or, Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire, and Yonne.

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Beaujeu

BEAUJEU Lordship in southeast central France;  the Beaujolais lies in the hills west of the Saône valley, southwest of Mâcon, NNW of Lyon, and south of Charolais. The Beaujolais stood on the borders of France in the middle ages, very … Continue reading

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Autun

AUTUN    Autunois (pays). Medieval County in east central France, in the south of Burgundy, named after a city, which was once the Roman Augustodunum.   It lies southwest of Dijon and northwest of Chalon-sur-Saône, and stands on the River Arroux, a … Continue reading

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Aquitania

AQUITANIA    Or, Aquitanica. Roman province in southwestern Gaul. The original Roman province, which was formed before Caesar’s conquest of Gaul, lay between the Pyrenees and the River Garonne below its confluence with the Tarn.  It included the upper reaches of … Continue reading

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Anjou

ANJOU County, later Duchy, in northwestern France A gouvernement, occupying both banks of the lower Loire, but more to the north, where the city of Angers stands on the River Maine, the short river that carries the waters of the … Continue reading

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Allier

ALLIER The Département de l’Allier (03) is in central France.   It is drained by the Cher (in the far west, around Montluçon), the Loire (which forms much of the eastern border) and the Allier itself (somewhat east of centre) as … Continue reading

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