I encountered this sentence in Astérix and was uncertain about the grammar:

...et des gaulois de ta tribu, sans raison aucune se sont amusés à le décourager!

I would have expected sans aucune raison. ChatGPT tells me it works both ways, but it couldn't adequately explain the nuance. Can you also omit aucune altogether and just go with sans raison?

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Sans raison aucune is more literary, especially here because sans raison is located before the verb.

The meaning is the same and aucune can be omitted.

A more usual word ordering can be:

[...] des gaulois de ta tribu se sont amusés à le décourager sans (aucune) raison.

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