France – Lorraine Region

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The Lorraine Region consists of four departments:

  • 88 Vosges – main city Epinal
  • 57 Moselle – main city Metz
  • 55 Meuse – main city Bar le Duc
  • 54 Meurthe et Moselle – main city Nancy — Regional capital: Metz

Lorraine is the only French region to have borders with three other countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. It also borders the French regions of Franche-Comté, Alsace, and Champagne-Ardenne. The location of Lorraine led to it being seen as a strategic asset and as the crossroads of four nations; it had a very important role in European affairs. Many rivers run through Lorraine, including Moselle, Meurthe, and Meuse. The heavy soils of Lorraine’s plains support mixed farming: dairy, oats, and wheat and the ridges have worked as defensive barriers during the many times that Lorraine has been threatened with attack.

The cities of Metz, Mancy, Verdun, Thionville, and Toul are route centres and fortress cities defending the gaps in the ridges. Between 1871 and 1918, the department of Moselle in the east was annexed, along with Alsace by Germany following France’s defeat in the Franco-Prussian War. It was again controlled by Germany from 1940 to 1945. The bloodiest battle of World War I – the Battle for Verdun – took place on Lorraine’s soil. Here hundreds of thousands of French men were brutally killed and today most of the visitors to the region are those on sad pilgrimages to see where their forefathers lost their lives.

Much of Lorraine’s landscape has been exploited by industry. Iron ore fields of about 110 km (70 miles) long and 20 km (12 miles) wide, run from Nancy northward to the primary iron and steel district around Longwy, Thionville, and Metz. The French part of the Saar coalfield lies for 64 km (40 mies) in the east. In the south-east Lorraine rises gradually to the summits of the Vosges. This sandstone massif has a granite core exposed in the south, where elevations exceed 1,200 m (3,937 ft). The political and linguistic divide between French Lorraine and the more Germanic Alsace runs along its crest.

Lorraine| transport and part removals| Spain| Italy| UK|Belgium|transport motorbikes| art work| personal belongingsThe regions food specialities include: Quiche lorraine, Potée, Highly-renowned pork meat products: pies and pâtés, black pudding, suckling pig in aspic, salt-cured pork belly, bacon, saucisson (dried/smoked sausage), hams, and fresh cheeses that are often prepared with herbs or matured to achieve a distinctive taste, among them géromé, brouère and vacherin. Sweet food include Nancy macaroons Boulay macaroons, Bar-le-Duc redcurrant jam de-seeded with a goose quill, Visitandines from Nancy, Madeleine de Commercy, and the less well-known Liverdun Madeleine, Verdun sugared almonds and Plombières ice-cream.

By Car The A4 Autoroute between Paris and Strasbourg (in the neighbouring Alsace region) exits at Verdun and Metz. The A31 route between Luxembourg and Lyon exits at Metz, Nancy, Pont-à-Mousson, Toul, and the Vosges.

By Train A direct TGV train from Paris’ Gare d’Est to Nancy is about 1.5 hours. A direct train from Gare d’Est to Metz is slightly shorter, at around 1 hour 20 minutes.

By Plane Metz Nancy Lorraine Airport (French only) is served by daily flights from Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, and Toulouse.

RGTS Europe Ltd operates a weekly small removal service, light haulage, motorcycle transport to and from the Lorraine region. from a few boxes to full house move contents, furniture removals, diy goods, scooters.