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Territoire de Belfort

Logo du Conseil général du Territoire de BelfortCrédit : Conseil général du Territoire de Belfort

Prefecture : Belfort

Created in 1871 by the Treaty of Frankfurt when Alsace and a part of Lorraine were handed to Germany, Territoire de Belfort became the French stronghold at the German border. Historically a part of Haut-Rhin, it developed thanks to its military importance and later to its industrial wealth.

With Alsthom and GE Energy, Belfort is the town of the TGV, of electromechanical industry and high technology.

The department has an enormous variety of landscapes shaped by the historical and geological influences: the Belfort Lion, Ballon d’Alsace, the Vosges massif  are among the sites telling the authentic and generous story of the territory. 

Doubs department

Logo du conseil général du DoubsCrédit : Conseil général du Doubs

Prefecture : Besancon.

Sub-prefectures : Montbeliard, Pontarlier.

Like most border departments, Doubs takes advantage of its geographical situation, which is one of the keys to its growth. The presence of two busy industrial centres in Besancon and Montbeliard-Belfort also attracts new inhabitants and the department’s population increased dramatically in recent years.
The Montbeliard-Belfort area, dedicated to automobile and the TGV, is essential. The Peugeot-Citroen complex in Sochaux is the leading site in the French automobile industry with a workforce of nearly 13,000.
Besancon is also noted for mechanical industry, microtechnologies and for its university. In spite of its many assets, Doubs has not yet fully developed its tourist impact. The department has several remarkable sites like the Besancon citadel, the Arc et Senans saltworks, the Joux Castle, the village of Lods or the Montbelliard castle. Its generous nature is another attraction for wildlife lovers.

Jura Province

Armoiries du canton de Jura (Suisse)Crédit : Sa-se

Contrary to popular belief, Jura is not a mountainous area. If the Franches Montagnes sector stands at 1,000 metres in altitude, the districts of Delemont and Porrentruy are in the lowlands and enjoy very mild weather. Green meadows alternate with wheat fields and orchards, producing the famous Damassine. On the high plateau of the Franches-Montagnes can be found the only horse breed of Swiss origins. A very gentle character and a modest size make those horses ideal companions for carriage, trekking and for disabled riders. Jura has a long industrial past and excels in sectors such as watchmaking, micro-techniques and automation. The local industry relies on a strong network of small flexible and innovative companies.

Km 0 : Botans

Agricultural museum - Credit : Rauenstein

Agricultural Museum

Located in an old farm, it keeps tools, agricultural machinery, an orchard and a garden. Several events and festivities are held on the premises.

Région Franche-Comté

Préfecture : Besançon.
Sites web  : www.franche-comte.fr / www.originalefranchecomte.fr

Rare région administrative française correspondant à une ancienne province (le Comté de Bourgogne), la Franche-Comté et ses quatre départements (Doubs, Jura, Haute-Saône et Territoire de Belfort) en tirent une homogénéité et une personnalité ancrée dans le passé.

Frontalière de la Suisse, la Franche-Comté est une région montagneuse (crêt Pela, 1 495 m), mais aussi la plus boisée de France avec quelque 705 000 ha de forêt, soit 43 % de son territoire. Si le sapin est l'emblème de la région, elle possède également la deuxième plus grande forêt de feuillus en France, la Forêt de Chaux.

La population est concentrée autour de deux grands centres urbains, Belfort-Montbéliard et Besançon, où se concentrent les activités industrielles. Peugeot à Sochaux, l'horlogerie et les microtechniques à Besançon, Alstom à Belfort ont façonné et dominent encore l'économie locale.
Paradis du ski de fond, la région n'a pas encore développé tout son potentiel touristique. Pourtant ses spécialités (saucisse de Morteau ou de Montbéliard, comté, Mont d'Or, vin jaune, vin de paille) et sa nature généreuse qui en font la région la plus verte de France, sont des atouts considérables.

Jersey wearers after the prologue

Classifications after the prologue

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