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The pearl of France
In his New Universal Geography published between 1876 and 1894, the geographer Élisée Reclus nicknamed Menton the pearl of France. Also the easternmost city of the Côte d'Azur, Menton experiences a particular situation as an enclave between the two sovereign states of Italy and the Principality of Monaco. Together with the Saint-Laurent peninsula in Finistère, Menton also holds the record for the longest possible distance as the crow flies between two points in mainland France, with 673 mi (1,084 km).
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