Location of Doubs in France
|o President of the Departmental Council||Christine Bouquin (DVD)|
|o Total||5,232.6 km2 (2,020.3 sq mi)|
|o Density||100/km2 (270/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2|
As early as the 13th century, inhabitants of the northern two-thirds of Doubs spoke Franc-Comtois, a dialect of Langue d'Oïl. Residents of the southern third of Doubs spoke a dialect of the Arpitan language. Both languages co-existed with French, the official language of law and commerce, and continued to be spoken frequently in rural areas into the 20th century. They are both still spoken today but not on a daily basis.
Doubs is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. It was created from part of the former province of Franche-Comté. The prefecture (capital) is Besançon.
In 1793, the republic of Mandeure was annexed by France and incorporated into the department. This district was passed between various territories and departments in the ensuing administrative reorganisations and wars, but was restored to Doubs in 1816 when the former principality of Montbéliard was also added to the department.
Doubs is part of the current region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and is surrounded by the French departments of Jura, Haute-Saône, and Territoire de Belfort, and the Swiss cantons of Vaud, Neuchâtel, and Jura.
The President of the Departmental Council is Christine Bouquin (DVD).
|Doubs's 1st constituency||Fannette Charvier||La République En Marche!|
|Doubs's 2nd constituency||Éric Alauzet||La République En Marche!|
|Doubs's 3rd constituency||Denis Sommer||La République En Marche!|
|Doubs's 4th constituency||Frédéric Barbier||La République En Marche!|
|Doubs's 5th constituency||Annie Genevard||The Republicans|
The inhabitants of the department are called Doubiens.
Population development since 1791:
It is the birthplace of the automotive manufacturer Peugeot.