15 Facts About Lorraine


Lorraine is a cultural and historical region in Northeastern France, now located in the administrative region of Grand Est.

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Lorraine later was ruled as the Duchy of Lorraine before the Kingdom of France annexed it in 1766.

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From 1982 until January 2016, Lorraine was an administrative region of France.

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The largest metropolitan area of Lorraine is Nancy, which had developed for centuries as the seat of the duchy.

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The location of Lorraine led to it being a paramount strategic asset as the crossroads of four nations.

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In 870, Lorraine allied with East Francia while remaining an autonomous duchy.

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In 962, when Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, restored the Empire, Lorraine was designated as the autonomous Duchy of Lorraine within the Holy Roman Empire.

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Vacuum in leadership, the French Revolution, and the political results and changes issuing from the many nationalistic wars that followed in the next 130 years, ultimately resulted in Lorraine becoming a permanent part of the modern Republic of France.

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Lorraine remained under martial law, close to the Western Front in northeastern France, and suffering from refugee crises for the rest of the war.

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Administrative region of Lorraine is larger than the 18th century duchy of Lorraine, which gradually came under French sovereignty between 1737 and 1766.

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Lorraine is the only French region to have borders with three other countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany .

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Lorraine Franconian is distinct from neighbouring Alsatian, to the south, although the two are often confused.

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Technically, Lorraine Franconian is a catch-all term for what were historically three dialects: Luxemburgish, Mosel Franconian, and Rhine Franconian.

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Traditional cheeses of Lorraine include the following: Carre de l'Est, Brouere, Munster-gerome, Tourree de l'Aubier.

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In 1997 the last iron ore mine in Lorraine was closed; it had once produced more than 50 million tonnes of iron.

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