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The Ardennes, rich in geographical and economic diversity, is looking to the future with self-confidence and giving itself the means to meet tomorrow's challenges head on.
The TGV high-speed train has put the department's heart less than two hours from Paris. The A34 motorway will be extended to Belgium and northern Europe.
The department has a wide variety of industries and natural riches.
Farming, still a major economic sector, is branching out into new crops.
The department, which has become France's biggest free-enterprise zone, is in a strong position because of its people's skills and know-how. It is striving to attract groundbreaking businesses and consolidate its position as an exporting region. The growth of new technologies is strengthening its assets. The energy and resources implemented in the past few years are paying off.
The area has a major tourist potential based on the variety of its geography and architectural heritage. The Trans-Ardennes green route between Givet and Charleville-Mézières has been so successful it will be extended to Mouzon soon.
The department also asserts its image through many sports clubs and famous athletes. There is no doubt that the public's warm welcome and local governments' ongoing commitment will once more contribute to the success of this triptych, guaranteeing that the light of the Ardennes shines beyond its borders.