Knowing France… Concluding part

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Learnt some French yet — Now that you are familiar with almost all regions in France? Here is the last of the series…

Go on — know France, enjoy the French culture, food and wine…

Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Capital: Lille

a.  Was once France’s major industrial region in the 19th century, due to the  coal and textile industries.

b.  Heavily populated.

c.  Promises vast economic potential through the opportunities offered by the Channel tunnel and the TGV-Nord high speed train service.

 Lower Normandy

Capital: Caen

a.  Significant coastline, hence great for tourism.

b.  HAs two sea ports, providing regular services with the United Kingdom.

 Upper Normandy

Capital: Rouen

a.  Considerable development of the Lower Seine with its two major ports of Le Havre and Rouen (France’s 2nd and 5th largest) is a major feature.

b.  Proximity to Paris is a great asset.

 Pays de la Loire

Capital: Nantes

a.  Second in France in terms of agricultural production.

b.  Highest livestock breeding.

c.  The Nantes-Saint Nazaire port complex, the fourth largest in France, is the hub of activities.

d.  A striking feature is the high speed train service (TGV) that links Nantes with Paris in two hours, thus furthering development of the economy and of tourism (Atlantic beaches).

 Picardy

Capital: Amiens

a.  A very rich agricultural area, leading to the development of the agri-foodstuffs industry.

b.  Has a pivotal geographical position.

Poitou-Charentes

Capital: Poitiers

a.  Mainly rural with farmland used mainly for beef cattle and the vineyards used for the production of Cognac.

b.  A number of agri-foodstuffs industries and light industries are present.

c.  The seaport of La Rochelle and the beaches along the Atlantic are tourist attractions.

 Provence-Alpes-Coted’Azur

Capital:Marseille

a.  Fabulous climate, great coastline and natural beauty makes this region very popular and wealthy.

b.  Marseille is France’s largest port and the second in Europe and has a industries, from oil refineries to chemicals and foodstuffs.

c.  Nice and the Côte d’Azur are famous tourist resorts.

 Rhone-Alpes

Capital: Lyon 

a.  Ranks second in importance among metropolitan France’s 22 regions.

b.  Has the second most important manufacturing and services centre in France.

c.  Lyon is well-known its universities.

d.  The region is also one of France’s major tourist areas.

That brings us to the end of discovering France. Hope you had fun touring the state. I sure did!

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