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French Region Guides

Tourist Information on the Regions and Areas of France

In 1972, France was divided into 22 separate regions indicated on the clickable map to the right. The regions hold little political sway and important decisions regarding taxes and employment are made from central government in Paris.

However, there is still a strong desire for regionalisation in parts of Brittany, the Basque region (Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrenees) and Corsica.

The regions in turn are subdivided into 96 departments (including Corsica). Most departments are named after rivers or geographical features such as the rivers Herault and Aude in the Languedoc-Roussillon.

The regions and departments are listed below. Click on a region or department for tourist information and ideas on what to see and do. You'll also be able to book holiday accommodation and organise your travel (rail, ferry and car hire) from here too. A one-stop click to organising your stay in France!

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