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Perche(pĕrsh), region and former county, NW France, in portions of Orne, Eure-et-Loir, and Eure depts. AlençonAlençon
, town (1990 pop. 31,139), capital of Orne dept., N France, in Normandy, on the Sarthe and Briante rivers. A commercial center in a fertile farm area, it is particularly noted for its fine lace work, an industry which dates from the 17th cent.
..... Click the link for more information. , an important town of the region, is world famous for its lace. Horse breeding is a significant industry, and Perche has given its name to the Percheron horsePercheron horse
, breed of draft horse developed in NW France, originally of Flemish origin, but also containing some Arabian blood (see Arabian horse). For a heavy horse, it has considerable stamina and is a good trotter.
..... Click the link for more information. . Much of the region is forested, and there are many apple orchards and grasslands. Perche was attached to the French crown in 1525.
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