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Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is a region in south east France. It encompasses the old French provinces of Provence, the former papal territory of Avignon, the former county of Nice and the former province of Dauphine in the French Alps. The Côte d’Azur, known as the French Riviera in England, is home to Cannes and its famous film festival as well as Nice and Antibes. It is the third most important region in France economically, behind only Isle of France and Rhone-Alpes.
The region has a lengthy history and some of the earliest signs of human inhabitancy have been found along the regions coast line, some dating back to a million years BC. Avignon, sometimes known as the ‘City of Popes’, was home to the papal seat between 1309 and 1423. The region is bordered to the east by Italy, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, to the north by the Rhone-Alpes and the Rhone River in the west.