Overseas departments of France
France currently has five overseas departments (French: département d’outre-mer), which are departments (territorial divisions) that are outside the European part of the country. All are officially part of France, with the same political status as the departments in Europe; and are therefore different to overseas territories. They are also part of the European Union and use the Euro as currency. They are:
|Cayenne||South America||19 March 1946||Parliamentary resolution|
|Basse-Terre||Caribbean||19 March 1946||Parliamentary resolution|
|Fort-de-France||Caribbean||19 March 1946||Parliamentary resolution|
|Mamoudzou||Africa||31 March 2011||Referendum|
(French: La Réunion)
|Saint-Denis||Africa||19 March 1946||Parliamentary resolution|
Since 2003, these departments are now officially called overseas regions (French: région d'outre-mer), but this name has yet to be widely adopted. Each region returns elected representatives to the Senate and National Assembly in Paris. A total of three members are elected to the European Parliament to represent overseas France, including overseas departments and overseas territories. Since 1974, these regions have had their own individual regional councils for local government.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "French Overseas Possessions - Overview". WorldTravelGuide.net. World Travel Guide. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
- ↑ "Country : France; Constituency : Outre-Mer". European Parliament. Archived from the original on 14 August 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
- (in French) Ministry of the overseas departments and territories
- (in French) History of France’s overseas administrative divisions Archived 2006-09-29 at the Wayback Machine