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The Lorraine Region of France

Location:

The region of Lorraine is located in the Northeast section of France. It is bordered by Alsace to the East, Champagne-Ardenne to the West, Franche-Comte to the South and the countries of Belgium, Luxemborg and Germany to the North.


Climate:

Lorraine has a Continental climate. The spring and fall season are mild where as the winters can be extremely cold and especially snowy in the Vosges region. The summers can be hot and humid.


Geography:

It is the only region to border three other countries. The Lorraine region is the second most forested area of France which makes it a popular destination for hiking and nature enthusiasts. The Vosges Mountain range rises along the border of Alsace on the east, giving way to the hilly Lorraine Plateau to the west; this area boasts several popular ski resorts. The three major rivers in the area are the Moselle, Meurthe and Meuse as well as numerous lakes, waterfalls and streams. There are over 400 miles of navigable waterways. Another popular feature is the thermal springs.



History:

Prior to Roman rule in the 1st Century B.C., Lorraine was inhabited by two tribes called the Leuci and Mediomatrici. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Lorraine came under the rule of the Merovingien King Clovis, and he held power in this region until his death in 511. Lorraine was actually once an independent kingdom. It was formed in 843 when after King Charlemagne's death. Between the years of 1733 and 1766 it was ruled by Stanislaus I of Poland. Lorraine eventually became part of France in 1766 and was re-organized by the French government. After France lost the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, Germany took Lorraine. It then remained with them until the end of World War I in 1918 and then returned to France.


Culture:

Similar to the neighboring Alsace region, Lorraine has German influences. Many of Lorraine's citizens are bi-lingual speaking both native French as well as German.



The Official Lorraine Tourism Site
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