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Jura (zhüräˈ) [key], department (1990 pop. 249,600), E France, in Franche-Comté, bordering on Switzerland. Lons-le-Saunier is the capital. The area is a major producer of Gruyère cheese and a center for the manufacture of plastics and pipes.

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