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La France Profonde is cultivated, rural, stable, sparsely populated, topographically unexciting and tricky to define.

De Gaulle himself described this region as "vast, rough and sad; woods, fields, crops and melancholy wasteland" with "quiet villages in which nothing has changed for millennia". Perhaps he, too, had sat through one too many long flat Tour stages through terrain like this.

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