France Regions Explained
As of January 1, 2016, there are 13 administrative regions (down from 22) in continental France and 5 overseas regions.This guide is designed to help you plan your vacation within these 13 continental regions. The map below, shows the boundaries of all the French regions. The regions in France have legal status and each one has a capital city. Regional identity is an important part of the culture of France.
Each of the France Regions is divided into departments. Each department is then divided into arrondissements. There are 100 departments across the country. At this point in time, no change has been made to the departments. If two Regions were combined, all the departments automatically moved to the newly formed Region. However, each department has been given the droit d’option. This “right to choose” allows the department to change regions at any point between 2016 and 2019. (see Le point for further information)
The total land area of continental France is 260, 558 square miles which is slightly less than twice the size of Colorado and slightly smaller than Texas. If compared to the United Kingdom, it is almost three times the size of the UK.
List of France Regions and Map
This map gives a list of the continental Regions and their respective Departments.
Below is a list of the Regions and their respective departments. Notice that the new Regions maintain all the names of the former France Regions. Regional identity is important in France. Because of this regional identity, some of the individual names of the Regions have their own hyperlink. These link to pages that give you a brief overview of those departments in the former Region.
| Alsace Champagne-Ardenne Lorraine
Aquitaine Limousin Poitou-Charentes
Auvergne (Massif Central) Rhone-Alpes
Nord-Pas-de-Calais Picardie (Picardy)
Pays de la Loire