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Geography of Normandy

Normandy, (French: Normandie), a region and former province of France. It is in the northwestern part of the country, bounded by the English Channel and the regions of Picardy, Île-de-France, Maine, and Brittany.

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  • Geography of France

    Geography of France

    France, or the French Republic, a country of western Europe. It is adjoined on the north and west by the Atlantic Ocean, including such arms as the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay, and on the south by the Mediterranean Sea. See more »

  • Geography of Paris

    Geography of Paris

    Paris, France, the nation's capital and largest city. It is in north-central France, on the Seine River, about 90 miles (145 km) from the English Channel. See more »

  • Geography of Brittany

    Geography of Brittany

    Brittany,a historic region and a former province of northwestern France. It occupies a peninsula between the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay. See more »

  • Geography of Alsace-Lorraine

    Geography of Alsace-Lorraine

    Alsace-Lorraine, a historic region now part of France. It encompasses the departments of Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin (in Alsace) and Moselle (in Lorraine) in northeastern France. See more »

  • Geography of Amiens

    Geography of Amiens

    Amiens, France, the capital of Somme Department. It lies on the Somme River, about 70 miles (110 km) north of Paris. See more »

  • Geography of Angers

    Geography of Angers

    Angers, France, a river port and the capital of Maine-et-Loire Department. It lies on the Maine River, a tributary of the Loire, in the western part of the country. See more »

  • Geography of Aquitaine

    Geography of Aquitaine

    Aquitaine, a historic region of southwestern France, also known from the 10th century as Guienne. See more »

  • Geography of Avignon

    Geography of Avignon

    Avignon, France, the city that served as the seat of the popes during the "Babylonian Captivity of the Church" (1309-77), and of the antipopes during the Great Schism (1378-1417). See more »

  • Geography of Belfort

    Geography of Belfort

    Belfort, France, the capital of the Territory of Belfort. It is on the Savoureuse River about 225 miles (360 km) southeast of Paris. See more »

  • Geography of Bordeaux

    Geography of Bordeaux

    Bordeaux, France, the capital of Gironde department. It lies on the Garonne River in southwestern France, some 50 miles (80 km) from the Bay of Biscay and about 310 miles (500 km) south-southwest of Paris. See more »

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