Holiday in France in the beautiful Languedoc region!

French market stall in St-Laurent-le-Minier, near Montpellier, France Waterfall and swimming on holiday in St-Laurent-le-Minier, near Montpellier, France St-Laurent-le-Minier village street, near Ganges, in the Cevennes valley of the Languedoc region of France

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The Langue d’Oc was the premier literary language of Europe, and its rulers, the Counts of Toulouse, were the most tolerant and enlightened rulers not just in southern France but in the western world.

However from 1208 religious persecution of the Cathars resulted in the deaths of 500,000 people in the region.

 

About the Languedoc region

A good site for discovering the region is:

www.languedoc-france.info/index.htm

The Languedoc is the largest wine producer in France. Other major crops are olives, rice, fruit and lavender, with significant market gardening activity.

Sheep and goats are reared in the mountainous areas, mainly for cheese production.

The coastal lagoon of Lake Thau produces large quantities of shellfish, particularly oysters and mussels. Fishing, both inshore and further afield, is a significant industry along the coast.

The largest centre is Sete.

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