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Picardy is a French region in the northern part of the country. It is situated to the south of the North Straith of Dover region and to the north of the IIe-de-Calais region. The area has a strong and proud cultural heritage and, although the modern day Picardy region is not as big as the historical province was, those borders are still remembered by the use of the Picardy language and its regional cuisine, which survive outside the modern region.
The area was occupied by the Franks in the 5th century, but the name Picardy was not used until the 12th or 13th century. The name might have come from a Frankish tribe of picards, or pike-bearers. The term Picard was then used to refer to any people who spoke the picard language, which included the area from Paris to the Netherlands. The Somme is included in the Picardy region, an area where some of the fiercest battles of World War I took place.