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Groups of d�partements only became known as r�gions in 1982.

Some regions reused the names of the traditional provinces, but their geographical borders may differ from those of the provinces.

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Alsace, Aquitaine, Auvergne, Basse-Normandie, Bourgogne, Bretagne, Centre, Champagne-Ardenne, Corse, Franche-Comt�, Haute-Normandie, �le-de-France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limousin, Lorraine, Midi-Pyr�n�es, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pays de la Loire, Picardie, Poitou-Charentes, Provence-Alpes-C�te d'Azur, Rh�ne-Alpes.

Alsace

Area of Alsace: 8,280 km�.

Departments: Bas-Rhin (67), and Haut-Rhin (68).

Neighbouring Regions: Franche-Comt�, Lorraine.

Neighbouring countries: Germany, Switzerland.

Regional prefecture: Strasbourg.

Aquitaine

Area of Aquitaine: 41,309 km�.

Departments: Dordogne (24), Gironde (33), Landes (40), Lot-et-Garonne (47) and Pyr�n�es-Atlantiques (64).

Neighbouring Regions: Limousin, Midi-Pyr�n�es, Poitou-Charentes.

Neighbouring country: Spain.

Regional prefecture: Bordeaux.

Auvergne

Area of Auvergne: 26,013 km�.

Departments: Allier (03), Cantal (15), Haute-Loire (43) and Puy-de-D�me (63).

Neighbouring Regions: Bourgogne, Centre, Limousin, Midi-Pyr�n�es, Rh�ne-Alpes.

Regional prefecture: Clermont-Ferrand.

Basse-Normandie (Lower-Normandy)

Area of Basse-Normandie: 17,589 km�.

Departments: Calvados (14), Manche (50) and Orne (61).

Neighbouring Regions: Bretagne, Centre, Haute-Normandie, Pays de la Loire.

Regional prefecture: Caen.

Bourgogne (Burgundy)

Area of Bourgogne: 31,582 km�.

DepartmentsC�te-d'Or (21), Ni�vre (58), Sa�ne-et-Loire (71) and Yonne (89).

Neighbouring Regions: Auvergne, Centre, Champagne-Ardennes, Franche-Comt�, Ile-de-France, Rh�ne-Alpes.

Regional prefecture: Dijon.

Bretagne (Brittany)

Area of Bretagne: 27,209 km�.

Departments: C�tes-d'Armor (22), Finist�re (29), Ille-et-Vilaine (35) and Morbihan (56).

Neighbouring Regions: Basse-Normandie, Pays de la Loire.

Regional prefecture: Rennes.

Centre

Area of Centre: 39,151 km�.

Departments: Cher (18), Eure-et-Loir (28), Indre (36), Indre-et-Loire (37), Loir-et-Cher (41) and Loiret (45).

Neighbouring Regions: Auvergne, Bourgogne, Basse-Normandie, Haute-Normandie, Ile-de-France, Limousin, Pays de la Loire, Poitou-Charentes.

Regional prefecture: Orl�ans.

Champagne-Ardenne

Area of Champagne-Ardenne: 25,606 km�.

Departments: Ardennes (08), Aube (10), Marne (51) and Haute-Marne (52).

Neighbouring Regions: Bourgogne, Franche-Comt�, Ile-de-France, Lorraine, Picardie.

Neighbouring country: Belgium.

Regional prefecture: Ch�lons-en-Champagne.

Corse (Corsica) - Collectivit� Territoriale

Area of Corsica: 8,680 km�.

Departments: Corse-du-Sud (2A) and Haute-Corse (2B).

Regional prefecture: Ajaccio.

Franche-Comt�

Area of Franche-Comt�: 16,202 km�.

Departments: Doubs (25), Jura (39), Haute-Sa�ne (70) and Territoire de Belfort (90).

Neighbouring Regions: Alsace, Bourgogne, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine, Rh�ne-Alpes.

Neighbouring country: Switzerland.

Regional prefecture: Besan�on.

Haute-Normandie (Upper-Normandy)

Area of Haute-Normandie: 12,318 km�.

Departments: Eure (27) and Seine-Maritime (76).

Neighbouring Regions: Basse-Normandie, Centre, Ile-de-France, Picardie.

Regional prefecture: Rouen.

�le-de-France

Area of �le-de-France: 12,011 km�.

Departments: Essonne (91), Hauts-de-Seine (92), Paris (75), Seine-et-Marne (77), Seine-Saint-Denis (93), Val-de-Marne (94), Val-d'Oise (95) and Yvelines (78).

Neighbouring Regions: Haute-Normandie, Bourgogne, Centre, Champagne-Ardenne, Picardie.

Regional prefecture: Paris.

Languedoc-Roussillon

Area of Languedoc-Roussillon: 27,376 km�.

Departments: Aude (11), Gard (30), H�rault (34), Loz�re (48) and Pyr�n�es-Orientales (66).

Neighbouring Regions: Auvergne, Midi-Pyr�n�es, Provence-Alpes-C�te-d'Azur, Rh�ne-Alpes.

Neighbouring countries: Andorra, Spain.

Regional prefecture: Montpellier.

Limousin

Area of Limousin: 16,942 km�.

Departments: Corr�ze (19), Creuse (23) and Haute-Vienne (87).

Neighbouring Regions: Aquitaine, Auvergne, Centre, Midi-Pyr�n�es, Poitou-Charentes.

Regional prefecture: Limoges.

Lorraine

Area of Lorraine: 23,547 km�.

Departments: Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), Meuse (55), Moselle (57) and Vosges (88).

Neighbouring Regions: Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, Franche-Comt�.

Neighbouring countries: Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg.

Regional prefecture: Metz.

Midi-Pyr�n�es

Area of Midi-Pyr�n�es: 45,349 km�.

Departments: Ari�ge (09), Aveyron (12), Haute-Garonne (31), Gers (32), Lot (46), Hautes-Pyr�n�es (65), Tarn (81) and Tarn-et-Garonne (82).

Neighbouring Regions: Aquitaine, Auvergne, Languedoc-Rousillon, Limousin.

Neighbouring countries: Andorra, Spain.

Regional prefecture: Toulouse.

Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Area of Nord-Pas-de-Calais: 12,413 km�.

Departments: Nord (59) and Pas-de-Calais (62).

Neighbouring Region: Picardie.

Neighbouring country: Belgium.

Regional prefecture: Lille.

Pays de la Loire

Area of Pays de la Loire: 32,082 km�.

Departments: Loire-Atlantique (44), Maine-et-Loire (49), Mayenne (53), Sarthe (72) and Vend�e (85).

Neighbouring Regions: Basse-Normandie, Bretagne, Centre, Poitou-Charentes.

Regional prefecture: Nantes.

Picardie

Area of Picardie: 19,399 km�.

Departments: Aisne (02), Oise (60) and Somme (80).

Neighbouring Regions: Champagne-Ardenne, Haute-Normandie, Ile-de-France, Nord-Pas-de-Calais.

Regional prefecture: Amiens.

Poitou-Charentes

Area of Poitou-Charentes: 25,809 km�.

Departments: Charente (16), Charente-Maritime (17), Deux-S�vres (79) and Vienne (86).

Neighbouring Regions: Aquitaine, Centre, Limousin, Pays de la Loire.

Regional prefecture: Poitiers.

Provence-Alpes-C�te d'Azur

Area of Provence-Alpes-C�te d'Azur: 31,400 km�.

Departments: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04), Hautes-Alpes (05), Alpes-Maritimes (06), Bouches-du-Rh�ne (13), Var (83) and Vaucluse (84).

Neighbouring Regions: Languedoc-Roussillon, Rh�ne-Alpes.

Neighbouring countries: Italy, Monaco.

Regional prefecture: Marseille.

Rh�ne-Alpes

Area of Rh�ne-Alpes: 43,698 km�.

Departments: Ain (01), Ard�che (07), Dr�me (26), Is�re (38), Loire (42), Rh�ne (69), Savoie (73) and Haute-Savoie (74).

Neighbouring Regions: Auvergne, Bourgogne, Franche-Comt�, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence-Alpes-C�te-d'Azur.

Neighbouring countries: Italy, Switzerland.

Regional prefecture: Lyon.

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