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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.


(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)


(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.
Selon les intervenants, l'organisation de ce workshop international et le projet scientifique beneficient du soutien financier du reseau mixte algero-francais de recherche-formation et de recherche sur la langue francaise et les expressions francophones (Lafef), du laboratoire Dylandimed et de la faculte des lettres et des langues de l'Universite Aboubakr-Belkaid de Tlemcen, de l'Universite de Franche-Comte et, enfin, de la MSHE Claude Nicolas Ledoux de Franche-Comte.
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.
28 January 2010 - With a view to strengthen their presence in the labelled cheese market, the French dairy cooperatives of Alsace, Lorraine and Franche-Comte regions will reportedly merge into a new entity.
Dairy producers in France's northeastern regions of Alsace, Lorraine and Franche-Comte plan to combine their operations in a new entity to strengthen their position on the market, particularly in the sector of cheese labelled with controlled denomination of origin, local daily Les Echos wrote on Tuesday.
of Franche-Comte, France) compiles nine articles on the applications of nanotechnology in drug delivery, for researchers, students, and practitioners, with specific discussion of the properties of nanoparticles in their sustained drug release and therapeutic approaches for cancer, diabetes, inflammation, oral vaccination, and skin, bacterial, and parasite diseases.
He is suspected of 11 killings in the Alsace region, four in the neighbouring Franche-Comte, and three near Paris.