Franche-Comté, Monts Jura, France. Franche-Comté is a region in eastern France, on the border with Switzerland. Largely rural, it's characterized by gentle mountains, fertile agricultural valleys and pine forests. The region’s capital, Besançon, was once the clock-making capital of France. Monts Jura is a French ski resort located in the Jura massif and the department of Ain.