France’s most famous writer, poet and playwright, Victor Hugo was born in Franche-Comté, at the foot of the majestic Citadelle. Although he left the region in his early years, he was in constant correspondance with local dignitary.
Other famous men, Claude Jouffroy-D’Abbans, Rouget De l’Isle, Toussaint Louverture, Gustave Courbet, Louis Pasteur, the Peugeot family, Petit Gibus, and Bernard Clavel all have one thing in common: Franche-Comté, either as their birthplace, place of inspiration, invention and discovery.
The region of Franche-Comté is an active member of the AER youth international mobility programme, Eurodyssey. Since the territorial reform in 2016 in France, the region has merged with Bourgogne and is known as Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.