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Forez(fôrā`), hilly agricultural region, E central France, in the Massif CentralMassif Central
[Fr.,=central highlands], great mountainous plateau, c.33,000 sq mi (85,470 sq km), S central France, covering almost a sixth of the surface of the country.
..... Click the link for more information. , mostly in Loire dept. and partially in Puy-de-Dôme dept. RoanneRoanne
, town (1990 pop. 42,848), Loire dept., E central France, on the Loire River. Cotton and metals are the chief products; other industries include tanning, machine and vehicle manufacturing, and the spinning of artificial silk.
..... Click the link for more information. is the chief town. The region was known as Pagus Forensis under the Carolingians. In the 10th cent. it was an earldom dependent on Burgundy. Annexed to the French crown lands in 1527, it was incorporated into Lyonnais prov.
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