The République Libre du Frioul: The archipelago of Frioul is located off Marseilles (twenty minutes by boat). It is made of the three islands of If, Pomègues and Ratonneau. The smallest island, If, is famous for its fortress (popularized by Alexandre Dumas in his novel Le Comte de Monte-Cristo), where Edmond Dantes was imprisoned.

(Photo of the archipelago was taken from a billboard on the kiosk for tickets for a cruise trip to Frioul islands: website: Frioul If Express)