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Southern France (or the South of France), colloquially known as le Midi is a loosely defined geographical area consisting of the regions of Francemarker that border the Atlantic Oceanmarker south of the Girondemarker, Spainmarker, the Mediterranean Seamarker, Italymarker, and Switzerlandmarker south of the Jura Mountains. Le Midi includes

This area corresponds in large part to Occitania; that to say, the territory in which Occitan ( )—as distinct from the of northern France—was historically the dominant language.

The name derives from mi (middle) and di (day) in Old French. Midday was synonymous with the direction of south because in France the sun is in the south at noon, as in all of the Northern Hemispheremarker. The synonymy existed in Middle French as well, where means both "midday" and "south."

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