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Groups of departments only became known as regions in 1982.

Some regions reused the names of the traditional provinces but their geographical borders may have differed from those of the former provinces.

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Regions of France - 1982 to 2016

Regional France as of 1st January, 2016.

France is now divided into 18 administrative regions, including 13 metropolitan regions and 5 overseas regions.

Regions of France Prior to 2016

Alsace, Aquitaine, Auvergne, Basse-Normandie, Bourgogne, Bretagne, Centre, Champagne-Ardenne, Corse, Franche-Comte, Haute-Normandie, Ile-de-France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limousin, Lorraine, Midi-Pyrenees, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pays de la Loire, Picardie, Poitou-Charentes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Rhone-Alpes.


Area of Alsace: 8,280 km2.

Departments: Bas-Rhin (67), and Haut-Rhin (68).

Neighbouring Regions: Franche-Comte, Lorraine.

Neighbouring countries: Germany, Switzerland.

Regional prefecture: Strasbourg.


Area of Aquitaine: 41,309 km2.

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

Neighbouring Regions: Limousin, Midi-Pyrenees, Poitou-Charentes.

Neighbouring country: Spain.

Regional prefecture: Bordeaux.


Area of Auvergne: 26,013 km2.

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

Neighbouring Regions: Bourgogne, Centre, Limousin, Midi-Pyrenees, Rhone-Alpes.

Regional prefecture: Clermont-Ferrand.

Basse-Normandie (Lower-Normandy)

Area of Basse-Normandie: 17,589 km2.

Departments: Calvados (14), Manche (50) and Orne (61).

Neighbouring Regions: Bretagne, Centre, Haute-Normandie, Pays de la Loire.

Regional prefecture: Caen.

Bourgogne (Burgundy)

Area of Bourgogne: 31,582 km2.

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

Neighbouring Regions: Auvergne, Centre, Champagne-Ardennes, Franche-Comte, Ile-de-France, Rhone-Alpes.

Regional prefecture: Dijon.

Bretagne (Brittany)

Area of Bretagne: 27,209 km2.

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

Neighbouring Regions: Basse-Normandie, Pays de la Loire.

Regional prefecture: Rennes.


Area of Centre: 39,151 km2.

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

Neighbouring Regions: Auvergne, Bourgogne, Basse-Normandie, Haute-Normandie, Ile-de-France, Limousin, Pays de la Loire, Poitou-Charentes.

Regional prefecture: Orleans.


Area of Champagne-Ardenne: 25,606 km2.

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

Neighbouring Regions: Bourgogne, Franche-Comte, Ile-de-France, Lorraine, Picardie.

Neighbouring country: Belgium.

Regional prefecture: Chalons-en-Champagne.

Corse (Corsica) - Collectivite Territoriale

Area of Corsica: 8,680 km2.

Departments: Corse-du-Sud (2A) and Haute-Corse (2B).

Regional prefecture: Ajaccio.


Area of Franche-Comte: 16,202 km2.

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

Neighbouring Regions: Alsace, Bourgogne, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine, Rhone-Alpes.

Neighbouring country: Switzerland.

Regional prefecture: Besancon.

Haute-Normandie (Upper-Normandy)

Area of Haute-Normandie: 12,318 km2.

Departments: Eure (27) and Seine-Maritime (76).

Neighbouring Regions: Basse-Normandie, Centre, Ile-de-France, Picardie.

Regional prefecture: Rouen.


Area of Ile-de-France: 12,011 km2.

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) and Yvelines (78).

Neighbouring Regions: Haute-Normandie, Bourgogne, Centre, Champagne-Ardenne, Picardie.

Regional prefecture: Paris.


Area of Languedoc-Roussillon: 27,376 km2.

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

Neighbouring Regions: Auvergne, Midi-Pyrenees, Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur, Rhone-Alpes.

Neighbouring countries: Andorra, Spain.

Regional prefecture: Montpellier.


Area of Limousin: 16,942 km2.

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

Neighbouring Regions: Aquitaine, Auvergne, Centre, Midi-Pyrenees, Poitou-Charentes.

Regional prefecture: Limoges.


Area of Lorraine: 23,547 km2.

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

Neighbouring Regions: Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, Franche-Comte.

Neighbouring countries: Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg.

Regional prefecture: Metz.


Area of Midi-Pyrenees: 45,349 km2.

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

Neighbouring Regions: Aquitaine, Auvergne, Languedoc-Rousillon, Limousin.

Neighbouring countries: Andorra, Spain.

Regional prefecture: Toulouse.


Area of Nord-Pas-de-Calais: 12,413 km2.

Departments: Nord (59) and Pas-de-Calais (62).

Neighbouring Region: Picardie.

Neighbouring country: Belgium.

Regional prefecture: Lille.

Pays de la Loire

Area of Pays de la Loire: 32,082 km2.

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

Neighbouring Regions: Basse-Normandie, Bretagne, Centre, Poitou-Charentes.

Regional prefecture: Nantes.


Area of Picardie: 19,399 km2.

Departments: Aisne (02), Oise (60) and Somme (80).

Neighbouring Regions: Champagne-Ardenne, Haute-Normandie, Ile-de-France, Nord-Pas-de-Calais.

Regional prefecture: Amiens.


Area of Poitou-Charentes: 25,809 km2.

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

Neighbouring Regions: Aquitaine, Centre, Limousin, Pays de la Loire.

Regional prefecture: Poitiers.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

Area of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur: 31,400 km2.

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

Neighbouring Regions: Languedoc-Roussillon, Rhone-Alpes.

Neighbouring countries: Italy, Monaco.

Regional prefecture: Marseille.


Area of Rhone-Alpes: 43,698 km2.

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

Neighbouring Regions: Auvergne, Bourgogne, Franche-Comte, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur.

Neighbouring countries: Italy, Switzerland.

Regional prefecture: Lyon.

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