Regions of France

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. Each Metropolitan region contains between 2 and 13 of the 101 Departments of France.

Regions of France
Flag[1] Region Capital Km2 Etymology
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon 69 711 Auvergne, Rhône-Alpes
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Dijon 47 784 Burgundy, Franche-Comté
Brittany Rennes 27 208 Duchy of Brittany
Centre-Val de Loire[2] Orléans 39 151 Located in north-central France; straddles the middle of the Loire Valley
Corsica Ajaccio 8 722 Territorial collectivity
Grand Est Strasbourg 57 433
Hauts-de-France Lille 31 813
Île-de-France Paris 12 012 Province of Île-de-France
Normandy Rouen 30,627 Duchy of Normandy
Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux 84 061
Occitanie Toulouse 72 724
Pays de la Loire Nantes 32 082 None; created for Nantes
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) Marseille 31 400 Former province of Provence
The following five overseas departments also have the special status of overseas region.
French Guiana Cayenne 83 534 Overseas region
Guadeloupe Basse-Terre 1 628 Overseas region
Martinique Fort-de-France 1 128 Overseas region
Mayotte Mamoudzou 374 Overseas region
Réunion Saint-Denis 2 512 Overseas region


  1. These flags are not official.
  2. New name as of 17 January 2015; formerly named Centre.

Categories: Administrative regions of France

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