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FRANCE CHAMPAGNE ARDENNE Little creeck in the ArdennesArdennes is located in the northeast section of France, closest to the Belgium border. Named after the Ardennes hills (which is so-called thanks to the Celtic Goddess Arduinna), the department was created as one of the original 83 departments of France, during the French Revolution. Comprising of portions of the old Argonne forest, Ardennes is a nature lover’s delight as it is home to dense woodlands and undulating valleys. Nourished by the Meuse River, the department also houses patches of meadows and plains. Ardennes is a relatively rural department as many residents have been moving to larger cities since the 1980s. Today, this department is one of the least populated regions in the country, with a total of just about 290 000 residents. This small populace however, allows the beautiful natural habitat to stay intact.