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Administrative divisions of France

Regions

(incl. overseas regions)

(incl. overseas departments)

Urban communities
Agglomeration communities
Commune communities
Syndicates of New Agglomeration

Associated communes
Municipal arrondissements

Others in Overseas France

Overseas collectivities
Sui generis collectivity
Overseas country
Overseas territory
Clipperton Island

France is divided into 27 administrative regions (French: région{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, [ʁe.ʒjɔ̃]), 22 of which are in Metropolitan France and five of which are overseas regions. Corsica is a territorial collectivity (French collectivité territoriale), but is considered a region in mainstream usage, and is even shown as such on the INSEE website.<ref name="INSEE">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The mainland regions and Corsica are each further subdivided into departments, ranging in number from 2 to 8 per region for the metropolitan regions; the overseas regions technically consist of only one department each.

The term region was officially created by the Law of Decentralisation (2 March 1982), which also gave regions their legal status. The first direct elections for regional representatives took place on 16 March 1986.<ref>Jean-Marie Miossec (2009), Géohistoire de la régionalisation en France, Paris: Presses universitaires de France ISBN 978-2-13-056665-6.</ref> In 2016, the number of regions will be reduced from 27 to 18 through amalgamation.


Regions of France sections
Intro   General characteristics    Role    Regions and their capitals    Reform and mergers of regions    Overseas regions    See also    References    External links   

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