mode The Spirit of Languedoc-Roussillon 2015 (Regions of France) (Paperback) by Pinchetti Catherine DHJ0L5Us

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Travellers to the southwestern French Mediterranean area will probably visit the well-known regional centres of Nimes Montpellier Carcassonne and Perpignan which are the main cities of the Languedoc-Roussillon region comprising the departments of Lozere Gard Herault Aude and Pyrenees-Orientales. This sun-drenched place was the cradle of Roman Gaul and spawned the wine co-operatives and denim the world's staple clothing material. It is the birthplace of iconic singers such as Charles Treneet and Georges Brassens and the poet-pholosopher Paul Valery. Its coast curves round towards Spain from where the Catalan influence springs. Collectively this is France's largest and olest vineyard and among the largest in the world. Here bulls and horses are a passion local rugby clubs are among the best in the country and the memory of rebels against northern French rule - Cathars Protestant Camisards rebelling wine-growers Resistance fighters - is not forgotten. It is a strongly defined region: a place of contrasts and cultural heritage with its Occitan and Catalan-driven Mediterranean lifestyle. It is today the most attractive area in France with a population of nearly three million though it does have its economic problems. This book was inspired by the Author's former students of French who wanted to learn more about the character and background of regional people. Consequently quotations from real-life Languedocians and Catalans in French Occitan and English appear together with extracts from the literature of past and present writers. These examples offer an intriguing and educational insight into the area.