Regions Of France

France (officially, The French Republic) is a Western European nation. The country covers a total area of 640,679 km2 and comprises Metropolitan France as well as numerous overseas regions and territories. For administrative purposes, France comprises a total of 18 regions, one overseas territory, one special collectivity, and five overseas collectivities.

Administrative Regions Of France

Regions of France.

France is administratively divided into 18 administrative regions. Out of these 18 regions, 13 regions form a part of Metropolitan France in the European continent, while the other five regions are overseas regions.

The administrative regions in Metropolitan France are as follows: Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte (Burgundy-Free County), Bretagne (Brittany), Centre-Val de Loire (Center-Loire Valley), Corse (Corsica), Grand Est (Grand East), Hauts-de-France (Upper France), Ile-de-France (Island of France), Normandie (Normandy), Nouvelle-Aquitaine (New Aquitaine), Occitanie (Occitania), Pays de la Loire (Loire Countries), and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’ Azur (Provence-Alps-Azure Coast).

The 13 Regions Of Metropolitan France

Region Capital Area (km2) Population

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes(Auvergne-Rhône-Alps)

Lyon

69,711

7,916,889

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté(Burgundy-Free County)

Dijon

47,784

2,818,338

Bretagne(Brittany)

Rennes

27,208

3,306,529

Centre-Val de Loire[4](Centre-Loire Valley)

Orléans

39,151

2,577,866

Corse(Corsica)

Ajaccio

8,680

330,455

Grand Est(Great East)

Strasbourg

57,441

5,555,186

Hauts-de-France(Upper France)

Lille

31,806

6,006,870

Île-de-France(Island of France)

Paris

12,011

12,117,132

Normandie(Normandy)

Rouen

29,907

3,335,929

Nouvelle-Aquitaine(New Aquitaine)

Bordeaux

84,036

5,935,603

Occitanie(Occitania)

Toulouse

72,724

5,808,435

Pays de la Loire(Loire Countries)

Nantes

32,082

3,737,632

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur(Provence-Alps-Azure Coast)

Marseille

31,400

5,021,928

The overseas administrative regions are:

Guadeloupe – an archipelago located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean;

Guyane (French Guiana) – positioned between Brazil and Suriname in the Northern part of South America;

La Réunion – an island in the Indian Ocean located to the east of Madagascar;

Martinique – A Caribbean island located in the eastern Caribbean Sea; and

Mayotte – an island located in the northern Mozambique Channel.

The 5 Overseas Regions Of France

Region Capital Area (km2) Population

Guadeloupe

Basse-Terre

1,628

394,110

Guyane(French Guiana)

Cayenne

83,534

269,352

La Réunion(Réunion)

Saint-Denis

2,504

852,924

Martinique

Fort-de-France

1,128

376,480

Mayotte

Mamoudzou

374

256,518

The 18 administrative regions are subdivided into 101 departments. Out of these 101 departments, 96 departments are located in Metropolitan France and five departments are located overseas and are referred to as overseas departments. The departments are further subdivided into 335 arrondissements. These arrondissements are further divided into a total of 2,504 cantons. The cantons are also divided into a total of 36,658 communes.

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