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A historical region and former province of eastern France. Settled by the Burgundians in the fifth century ad and later incorporated into the Holy Roman Empire, Franche-Comte passed to Austrian and then to Spanish rule before being finally conquered by France in 1676.
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(French frɑ̃ʃkɔ̃te)
(Placename) a 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)
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(frɑ̃ʃ kɔ̃ˈteɪ)

1. a historic region and former province in E France: once a part of Burgundy.
2. a metropolitan region in E France. l,097,000; 6256 sq. mi. (16,202 sq. km).
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Noun1.Franche-Comte - a former province of eastern France
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
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Then along toward the fourth year came the expedition of Franche-Comte. D'Artagnan was assigned to it and made his preparations to depart.
(1) Centre de Recherche de Climatologie, Biogeosciences UMR 6282 CNRS, Universite Bourgogne Franche-Comte, 6 bd Gabriel, 21000 Dijon, France
On 20 June, the European Commission green-lighted four new additions to the list of protected designations of origin (PDOs) and protected geographical indications (PGI).aFor France, the Saucisse de Montbeliard' (PGI), smoked pork sausage from Franche-Comte, and Fraises de Nimes' (PGI), early strawberries produced on the Plateau des Costieres around Nimes; for Spain, Pasas de Malaga' (PDO), sun-dried raisin from the region of Malaga, obtained with the variety of grapes muscat d'Alexandrie; and for Greece, Agoureleo Chalkidikis' (PDO), extra virgin olive oil made in the Chalkidiki department from local varieties of olives.
C&S: The French region of Franche-Comte is regularly cited as being on the cutting edge of the modernization of health information systems.
Expansion and Crisis in Louis XIV's France: Franche-Comte and Absolute Monarchy, 1674-1715, by Darryl Dee.
Nestled, however, just next to Switzerland and sandwiched between Alsace and Burgundy, is Franche-Comte - made up of the areas of Jura, Doubs, Haute-Saone and Territore de Belfort - and which has culture, rolling wooded countryside and gastronomic surprises in abundance.
Expansion and crisis in Louis XIV's France; Franche-Comte and absolute monarchy, 1674-1715.
He is suspected of 11 killings in the Alsace region, four in the neighbouring Franche-Comte, and three near Paris.
* University Hospital of Besancon, Besangon, France; and ([dagger]) University of Franche-Comte, Besangon, France
CHANDLER are offering some generous prices in their list for the Open de Franche-Comte Challenger Tour event, which starts
Indeed Franche-Comte genuinly offers something for everyone - be they couples looking to escape the hurly-burly of modern day life, families looking to accomodate both generations or those seeking a heart-pounding activity break.