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Grand Est

Summary
Grand Est (ɡʁɑ̃t‿ɛst; Grossa Oschta; Moselle Franconian/Grouss Osten; Rhine Franconian: Groß Oschte; Großer Osten ˈɡʁoːsɐ ˈʔɔstn̩; "Great East") is an administrative region in northeastern France. It superseded three former administrative regions, Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine, on 1 January 2016 under the provisional name of Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine (alzas ʃɑ̃paɲ aʁdɛn lɔʁɛn; ACAL or, less commonly, ALCA), as a result of territorial reform which had been passed by the French Parliament in 2014. The region sits astride three water basins (Seine, Meuse and Rhine), spanning an area of , the fifth largest in France; it includes two mountain ranges (Vosges and Ardennes). It shares borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland. As of 2020, it had a population of 5,562,651 inhabitants. The prefecture and largest city is Strasbourg. The East of France has a rich and diverse culture, being situated a
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