A sparkling past and future: France's Vosges region, the home of crystal
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Five centuries ago, a special type of glassware was born in the northern valleys of France's Vosges region. The production of crystal once employed 5,000 people in these hills. The Lalique factory, near the border with Alsace, is one of the world's best. Further west, another French town symbolises crystal excellence: Baccarat and its 250-year-old factory. FRANCE 24 takes you behind the scenes of both.