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On 1st January, 2016 France reduced the number of metropolitan regions from twenty-two down to thirteen.

Our colour-coded map helps illustrate the merging of regional France.

Regional France as of 1st January, 2016
The Merging of Regional France

The New Regions of France

France is now made up of 18 administrative regions - 13 metropolitan regions and five overseas regions.

The metropolitan regions are further divided into departments.

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Capital: Lyon.

Merged Regions: Auvergne, Rhône-Alpes.

Departments:

Allier (03), Cantal (15), Haute-Loire (43), Puy-de-Dome (63).

Ain (01), Ardeche (07), Drome (26), Isere (38), Loire (42), Rhone (69), Savoie (73), Haute-Savoie (74).

Destinations:
Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, Grenoble, Saint-Étienne.

 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Tourism.

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Capital: Dijon.

Merged Regions: Bourgogne, Franche-Comté.

Departments:

Cote-d'Or (21), Nievre (58), Saone-et-Loire (71), Yonne (89).

Doubs (25), Jura (39), Haute-Saone (70), Territoire de Belfort (90).

Destinations:
Auxerre, Beaune, Belfort, Besançon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Dijon, Mâcon, Nevers.

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Regional Tourism.

Bretagne (Brittany)

Capital: Rennes.

No change for the region of Bretagne.

Departments:

Cotes-d'Armor (22), Finistere (29), Ille-et-Vilaine (35, Morbihan (56).

Destinations:
Brest, Bruz, Cesson-Sévigné, Concarneau, Douarnenez, Fougères, Lanester, Lannion, Lorient, Morlaix, Plœmeur, Quimper Saint-Brieuc, Saint-Malo, Vannes, Vitré.

Centre-Val de Loire

Capital: Orléans.

Although there was no territorial expansion for the region of Centre, they did opt for a name change; to encompass the touristic grandiose appeal of the Loire Valley.

Departments:

Cher (18), Eure-et-Loir (28), Indre (36), Indre-et-Loire (37), Loir-et-Cher (41) and Loiret (45).

Destinations:
Blois, Bourges, Chartres, Châteauroux, Dreux, Fleury-les-Aubrais, Joué-lès-Tours, Orléans, Tours, Vierzon.

Corse (Corsica)

Capital: Ajaccio.

No change for Corsica, although some on the island of Corse may still dream of independence from France; or at least more autonomy.

Departments:

Corse-du-Sud (2A), Haute-Corse (2B).

Destinations:
Bastia, Bonifacio, Calvi, Cargèse, Corte, Porto-Vecchio, Saint-Florent.

Grand Est (Großer Osten)

Capital: Strasbourg.

Merged Regions: Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine.

Departments:

Bas-Rhin (67), Haut-Rhin (68).

Ardennes (08), Aube (10), Marne (51), Haute-Marne (52).

Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), Meuse (55), Moselle (57), Vosges (88).

Destinations:
Reims, Metz, Mulhouse, Nancy, Colmar, Troyes, Charleville-Mézi��res, Châlons-en-Champagne, Thionville, Haguenau, Épinal, Schiltigheim, Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, Illkirch-Graffenstaden, Saint-Dizier, Épernay, Chaumont, Forbach, Montigny-lès-Metz, Sarreguemines, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, Saint-Louis.

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Hauts-de-France

Capital: Lille.

Merged Regions: Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Picardie.

Departments:

Nord (59), Pas-de-Calais (62).

Aisne (02), Oise (60), Somme (80).

Destinations:
Amiens, Roubaix, Tourcoing, Dunkirk, Calais, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, Saint-Quentin, Beauvais, Valenciennes.

Ile-de-France

Capital: Paris.

The capital of France sits in the Ile-de-France region.

Departments:

Essonne (91), Hauts-de-Seine (92), Paris (75), Seine-et-Marne (77), Seine-Saint-Denis (93), Val-de-Marne (94), Val-d'Oise (95), Yvelines (78).

Normandie (Normandy)

Capital: Rouen.

Merged Regions: Basse-Normandie, Haute-Normandie.

Departments:

Calvados (14), Manche (50), Orne (61).

Eure (27), Seine-Maritime (76).

Destinations:
Alençon, Argentan, Avranches, Bayeux, Bernay, Caen, Cherbourg-Octeville, Deauville, Dieppe, Évreux, Fécamp, Flers, Hérouville-Saint-Clair, Le Grand-Quevilly, Le Havre, Le Petit-Quevilly, Lisieux, Louviers, Mont-Saint-Aignan, Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Saint-Lô, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, Tourlaville, Vernon.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Capital: Bordeaux.

Merged Regions: Aquitaine, Limousin, Poitou-Charentes.

Departments:

Dordogne (24), Gironde (33), Landes (40), Lot-et-Garonne (47), Pyrenees-Atlantiques (64).

Correze (19), Creuse (23), Haute-Vienne (87).

Charente (16), Charente-Maritime (17), Deux-Sevres (79), Vienne (86).

Destinations:
Bayonne, Limoges, Poitiers, Pau, La Rochelle, Angoulême, Agen, Brive-la-Gaillarde, Niort, Périgueux, Bergerac, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Dax, Mont-de-Marsan.

Occitanie

Capital: Toulouse.

Merged Regions: Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrenees.

Departments:

Aude (11), Gard (30), Herault (34), Lozere (48), Pyrenees-Orientales (66).

Ariege (09), Aveyron (12), Haute-Garonne (31), Gers (32), Lot (46), Hautes-Pyrenees (65), Tarn (81), Tarn-et-Garonne (82).

Destinations:
Montpellier, Nîmes, Perpignan, Béziers, Montauban.

Pays de la Loire

Capital: Nantes.

Although Pays de la Loire literally translates as 'Lands of the Loire', the region was originally created as a zone of influence for the city of Nantes.

Departments:

Loire-Atlantique (44), Maine-et-Loire (49), Mayenne (53), Sarthe (72), Vendee (85).

Destinations:
Angers, Cholet, La Roche-sur-Yon, Laval, Le Mans, Saint-Nazaire.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Capital: Marseille.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur consists of the former province of Provence as well as some adjacent territories in the French Alps and along the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur).

Departments:

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04), Hautes-Alpes (05), Alpes-Maritimes (06), Bouches-du-Rhone (13), Var (83), Vaucluse (84).

Destinations:
Aix-en-Provence, Antibes, Arles, Aubagne, Avignon, Cannes, Draguignan, Fréjus, Grasse, Hyères, Juan-les-Pins, La Seyne-sur-Mer, Le Cannet, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Marseille, Martigues, Mougins, Nice, Toulon, Villeneuve-Loubet.


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