Les Regions à l'Ouest de France


Bretagne: Eric K.
Pays-de-la-Loire: Ali S.
Centre: Mike I.
Poitou-Charentes: Sean M.
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Eric Kritzstein
La région s'appelle la Bretagne. La région est l’ouest de la France. La capitale du Bretagne est Rennes. Il a un 5% la entire gens dans le France. Il a 300km de littoral. La Manche est au nord. L’ Atlantique Ocean est l’ouest. Normandy est l’est et nord. Pays-de-la-Loire est l’est de Bretange. La population Bretange est 2,873,100 million gens.

Geography of Bretagne
- Large peninsula
- Bordered by English Channel to the north.
- Bordered by Atlantic Ocean to the west.
- Bordered by Normandy in the northeast.
- Bordered by Pays-de-la-Loire in the east.
-The Western most point of the European Continent.
- Bretagne has a total area of 27,200km2.
- Has 3000km of coast line.
- It is 5% of the total area of France.
Population
- The total population of Bretagne is 2,873,100 million.
- That is 5% of the total number of people in France.
Bretagne is divided into four departments
-Côtes d’Armor: 535 800 inhabitants
-Finistère: 846 000 inhabitants
-Ile et Vilaine: 853 100 inhabitants
-Morbihan: 638 200 inhabitants
­-Brittany has 1 268 townships.
-57% of the Brittany population lives in urban areas

General Industry
- Brittany has 1.1 million employed people.
- There are 191,000 people that work for an industry company.
- Unemployment is 11.6% one point under the national average.
- Brittany contributes 2.4% of the French exports with a total of 3.1 billion tons of goods aimed mainly at Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK.
- Their main exports are motor cars, chicken, and telephone equipment.
- Civil engineering and building industry employees 69,000 people in over 17,000 companies.
- There are over 82,000 people that work for 42,000 companies that build small crafts or build cottages.
Fishing Industry
- Brittany has 5,000 fishermen on 2,000 boats.
- They catch 198,000 tons or 53% of the domestic catch.
- They catch 28,000 tons of mussels which is 75% of the domestic production.
- Also over 95,000 tons of seaweed is harvested along the coast every year.
Agriculture Industry


- Brittany has around 62,000 farms
- There are 102,000 farmers in Brittany which is 10% of the workforce.
- Brittany has the highest rank for animal production.
- They have 55% of the pig production, 50% of the poultry and 20% of the milk production.
- Brittany specializes in a few certain vegetables.
- The produce 92% of domestic cauliflower and 75% of artichoke.
- Brittany has a big agro-food industry, employees 60,000 people.

History
- Much of Brittany’s is linked with ancient Celtics.
- Brittany political history is stereotyped as a French matter.
- In 1066 during the conquest of England the land now known as Brittany was controlled by Normandy via Normans in London.
- Bretons were also influenced by Scotland.
- The region was part of Armorica in ancient times.
- The Romans invaded under Julius Caesar in 56bc\
- Became a province called Gallia.
- When the Romans withdrew in the 5th and 6th century many Bretons took refuge in the northwest part of the country, Armorica that is where the present day name came from.
- Bretons converted to Pagans then to Christianity.
- In 846, Nomenöe united the country against invaders.amoco.gif
- Bretons revolted against Charles the Bald (Charlemagne’s grandson) and were granted independence.
- Geoffrey the count of Rennes was self-proclaimed duke of Brittany in 922.
- In 1491 Anne of Brittany married Charles VIII who was the king of France.
- Brittany became united with France; it became official in a treaty in 1532.
- In 1789 Brittany was divided into 5 departments mainly on the basis of earlier divisions
- During WWII Brittany played a big part in the resistance of Germany and the Nazis.
- During the 1960 a nuclear power plant was built but was shut down less then 10 years later.
- On March 16th 1978 a supertanker named Amoco Cadiz crashed on shore in Brittany. It was the 5th largest spill in history and affected much of Brittany’s northern coasts.

Sports

- Many federations have created bicycle course these federations are the FFC (Federation Francaise de cyclisme and The FFCT (Federation Francaise de cyclotourisme.110_CT1.jpg
- There are many mountain biking paths that are kept in great condition
- The propose for the routes are for discovering the regions heritage.
- Horseback riding is also very big in Brittany; there is over 2000 kilometers of trail named the Equilberizh trail.
- It is known to have a diverse scenery and a unique and mild climate
- There are accommodations every 25 to 30kms and there are campsites and hotels and even horse food at many stops.
- Brittany has many golf courses throughout the island; there are 31 to be exact.
- Brittany is famous for the fishing because of all the coastline.
- There is over 1700km of jagged coastline.
- On the shore you can catch fish by spinning or surfcasting.
- Natural bait is also widely used to attract sea bass, sea bream, turbot and sole.
You can even take boat rides to go hunt sharks


Bibliography

"Regional Information on Brittany Identity Card (France) ." Bretagne Innovationn. 3 Oct 2007 <http://http://www.strinnop.net/partner_bretagne.htm>.

"Province of Brittany, France." Discover France - French Arts, Culture, Tourism. 4 Oct 2007 <http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/Provinces/Brittany.shtml>

"History of Brittany ." Wikipedia . 1 Oct 2007 <http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Brittany#Modern_era>.
"Sports activities in Brittany." Tourism in Brittany, organising your travel and holidays in brittany France - CRTB. 5 Oct 2007 <http://www.brittanytourism.com/eng/preparez/activite/index.cfm>.
"Sport breton - Wikipédia." Accueil - Wikipédia. 10 Oct 2007 <http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport


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Pay de la Loire
Ali Soly

Le nom de ma région est pays de la Loire. Il est dans l’ouest de la France. La population a 3.2 millions. Il y a cinq départements du pays de la Loire. Ils sont Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Mayenne, Sarthe, Vendée. Le capital est Nantes. Pays de la Loire est connu pour les châteaux et l’agriculture. Il y a beaucoup de château dans le Pays de la Loire.

Pays de la Loire is covered in huge elegant castles.

Château de Chenonceau:
  • Built in the late 11th century on the River Cher, and was rebuilt in the 16th century.
  • surrounded by huge eccentric gardens.
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Château de Chambord
  • The largest castle in Loire Valley
  • Surrounded by 13,000 acres of wooded parks and deer reserve. chambord(1).jpgIM4229-hr.jpg


Geography
  • · 13,390 square miles, about the size of Maryland.
  • · France’s 2nd biggest region for agriculture and livestock, and the 5th largest for fishing.
  • · Population = 3.2 million
  • · 1/3 of that 3.2 million are younger then 25 years old
  • There are 5 departments:300px-Pays_de_la_loire_carte.jpg
o Loire-Atlantique
o Maine-et-Loire
o Mayenne
o Sarthe
o Vendée
  • Capital: Nantes
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Mike Isaac: Central Loire Valley


Tourism:
- Has great architectural monuments
- exceptional cultural landscape
- Known for historic towns and villages, vineyards and agricultural produce, and castles
- More than 300 castles
Popular Cities of Loire Valley:
- Bourges - has the cathedral St Etienne
-Chartres - has the cathedral of stained-glass
-Orléans - has the house of Joan of Arc
-Saint-Benoît-du-Sault- known as the Medival City
-Home of the Tour de France.

Geography:
- The central part of the Loire River Valley is between Maine and Sully-sur-Loire.
- In the French departments of Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, and Maine-et-Loire
- lands that have been cultivated and shaped by centuries of interaction between local populations and their physical environment
- Départements: Cher, Eure-et-Loir, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, and Loiret

Cuisine:
- Through many regions which produce wines that vary in sweetness and ability to improve with aging.
- Loire river runs through the Berry region

History:
- Have historic towns and villages.
- lands have been cultivated and shaped by centuries
- Castle fortifications were made during the 10th century
- Conquered and settled by the Roman Empire
- Full of an extraordinary artistic, historic and cultural heritage.

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Poitou-Charentes

Geography
· In the west of France
· Capital = Poitier

population= 1,713,000

culture:
  • International festival of folklore
  • Big on Romanesque Art
  • Lots of parks
  • The large bulwark – it is the first nautical living room with flood in Europe and happens to be the third in the world.
Tourism:
  • It is the sunniest area in west of France.
  • Attracts lots of people with its large parks
  • It has really relaxing small towns
Cuisine
  • Poitou-Charente makes great cheese
  • It also makes great wine
  • It is heavily dependant on its wine, since it is not very industrial region.
Specialties
  • Poitou-Charentes is known for its cheese and wine
  • It also has very big grape orchards that grow some of the best grapes for wine making in France.