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Historical region, southern France. It corresponds approximately to the modern département of Ariège in the région of Midi-Pyrénées. Foix was a quasi-independent power from the 11th to the 15th century. Bounded by Languedoc and by the territories of the counts of Roussillon and the kings of Aragon, it became part of the crown lands at the ascension of Henry IV as king of France (1589).
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