Franche-Comté

[ frahnsh-kawn-tey ]
/ frɑ̃ʃ kɔ̃ˈteɪ /

noun

a former province in E France: once a part of Burgundy.
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Franche-Comté

/ (French frɑ̃ʃkɔ̃te) /

noun

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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