natural region of eastern France, embracing parts of the Ain and Saone-et-Loire departements. It extends for 60 miles (100 km) from the Dombes region in the south to the Doubs River in the north, and for 20 miles (32 km) from the Jura in the east to the Saone River (west), toward which it gradually slopes. A moderately prosperous agricultural area, it is renowned for its poultry, especially its chicken.
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