Regions of France

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The regions of France as of 2016

France is split into 18 administrative regions (régions). These regions are a kind of local government.

Thirteen regions are in Metropolitan France (the part of the country that is in Europe). Corsica has a different status than the other 12 metropolian regions. It is called collectivité territoriale. Five regions are overseas.

There used to be 27 regions. In 2016, some regions were combined and there are now 18.

As of March 2016, six regions have a temporary name: Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine, Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées, Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardy. Regions must make a decision about their name before 1 July 2016. The final decision about the names will be made on 1 October 2016.

Regions and their capitals[change | change source]

Regions of France
Flag[1] Region Capital INSEE No.[2] Derivation or etymology
Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine Strasbourg 44 Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, and Lorraine
Flag of Aquitaine Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes Bordeaux 75 Aquitaine, Limousin, and Poitou-Charentes
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon 84 Auvergne, Rhône-Alpes
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Dijon 27 Burgundy, Franche-Comté
Flag of Brittany Brittany Rennes 53 Duchy of Brittany
Flag of Centre-Val de Loire Centre-Val de Loire[3] Orléans 24 Located in north-central France; straddles the middle of the Loire Valley
Flag of Île-de-France Île-de-France Paris 11 Province of Île-de-France
Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées Toulouse 76 Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées
Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardy Lille 32 Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Picardie
Flag of Normandy Normandy Rouen 28 Duchy of Normandy
Flag of Pays-de-la-Loire Pays de la Loire Nantes 52 None; created for Nantes
Flag of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) Marseille 93 Former province of Provence
Flag of Corsica Corsica Ajaccio 94 Territorial collectivity
The following five overseas departments also have the special status of overseas region.
Flag of French Guiana French Guiana Cayenne 03 Overseas region
Flag of Guadeloupe Guadeloupe Basse-Terre 01 Overseas region
Flag of Martinique Martinique Fort-de-France 02 Overseas region
unofficial flag of Mayotte Mayotte Mamoudzou 05 Overseas region
Flag of Réunion Réunion Saint-Denis 04 Overseas region

References[change | change source]

  1. These flags are not official.
  2. "La nouvelle nomenclature des codes régions" (in French). INSEE. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  3. New name as of 17 January 2015; formerly named Centre.