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Champagne-Ardenne is one of the 26 regions of Francemarker. It is located in the northeast of the country, bordering Belgiummarker, and consists of four departments: Aubemarker, Ardennesmarker, Haute-Marnemarker, and Marnemarker. The region is famous for its sparkling white wine (champagne).Its rivers, most of which flow west, include the Seinemarker, the Marnemarker, and the Aisnemarker. The Meusemarker flows north.

Transportation

Highways



Rail

The rail network includes the Paris–Strasbourg line, which follows the Marne Valleymarker and serves Épernaymarker, Châlons-en-Champagnemarker, and Vitry-le-Françoismarker. The LGV Est TGV line also connecting Paris and Strasbourg opened in 2007 and serves Reims with a train station in the commune of Bezannesmarker.

Water

The region's canals include the Canal latéral à la Marne and Marne-Rhine Canalmarker, the latter connecting to the Marnemarker at Vitry-le-François. These are petit gabarit canals.

Air

The Vatry International Airport, primarily dedicated to air freight, has a runway 3650 m long, yet it is often unused. The airport is in a sparsely populated area just 150 km from Paris. Some people say it is a good candidate for transformation into a third Parisian airport. Les verts (the French green party) supported such a move because the resulting noise pollution would affect fewer people than an airport closer to Paris.

See also: Ardennesmarker

Economy



Businesses



Food processing



Demographics

The population of Champagne-Ardenne has been in steady decrease since 1982 due to a rural exodus. With 1.3 million people and a density of 52/km², it is one of France's least populated regions.

Tourism

Champagne-Ardenne has the following:

  • 291 approved tourist hotels offering 8,000 rooms
Moulin de Valmy dans les champs


Visitors often go to Champagne because of its history and its world-famous wine. However, their itineraries diverge when they discover the region's cultural heritage and its cuisine: some visit Troyesmarker and its ancient houses, others visit Langresmarker and its walls, Châlons-en-Champagnemarker and it Cloister, still others visit Épernaymarker, Reimsmarker, or Colombey-les-deux-Églisesmarker.

The region contains some magnificent forests and lakes where one can enjoy hiking and water sports.

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