Regions of France

France top-level territorial subdivision

France is split into 18 administrative regions (régions). These regions are a kind of local government.

Thirteen regions are in Metropolitan France (the part of the country that is in Europe). Corsica has a different status than the other 12 metropolian regions. It is called collectivité territoriale. Five regions are overseas.

There used to be 27 regions. In 2016, some regions were combined and there are now 18. Each Metropolitan region contains between 2 and 13 of the 101 Departments of France.

Regions and their capitalsEdit

Regions of France
Flag[1] Region Capital INSEE No.[2] Etymology
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon 84 Auvergne, Rhône-Alpes
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Dijon 27 Burgundy, Franche-Comté
  Brittany Rennes 53 Duchy of Brittany
  Centre-Val de Loire[3] Orléans 24 Located in north-central France; straddles the middle of the Loire Valley
  Corsica Ajaccio 94 Territorial collectivity
Grand Est Strasbourg 44
Hauts-de-France Lille 32
  Île-de-France Paris 11 Province of Île-de-France
  Normandy Rouen 28 Duchy of Normandy
  Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux 75
Occitanie Toulouse 76
  Pays de la Loire Nantes 52 None; created for Nantes
  Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) Marseille 93 Former province of Provence
The following five overseas departments also have the special status of overseas region.
  French Guiana Cayenne 03 Overseas region
  Guadeloupe Basse-Terre 01 Overseas region
  Martinique Fort-de-France 02 Overseas region
  Mayotte Mamoudzou 05 Overseas region
  Réunion Saint-Denis 04 Overseas region


  1. These flags are not official.
  2. "La nouvelle nomenclature des codes régions" (in French). INSEE. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  3. New name as of 17 January 2015; formerly named Centre.