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Encyclopedia > Centre (France)
Centre
Flag of Centre
Logo of Centre
(Region flag) (Region logo)
Location
Map of France highlighting the Region of Centre
Administration
Capital Orléans
Regional President Michel Sapin
(PS) (1998 to 2000,
and since 2004)
Departments Cher
Eure-et-Loir
Indre
Indre-et-Loire
Loir-et-Cher
Loiret
Arrondissements 20
Cantons 198
Communes 1,842
Statistics
Land area1 39,151 km²
Population (Ranked 9th)
 - January 1, 2005 est. 2,490,000
 - March 8, 1999 est. 2,440,329
 - Density (2005) 64/km²
1 French Land Register data, which exclude lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km² (0.386 sq. mi. or 247 acres) as well as the estuaries of rivers
France

Centre is one of the 26 regions of France, located towards the northwest of the country. Its capital is Orléans. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Map of Centre, by Rinaldum. ... Orléans Cathedral, dedicated to the Holy Cross, built from 1278 to 1329; after being pillaged by Huguenots in the 1560s, the Bourbon kings restored it in the 17th century. ... In France, the president of the regional council (French: Président du conseil régional) is the elected official who heads the conseil régional of a région, a state-level territory. ... The Socialist Party (French: Parti Socialiste or PS) is the main opposition party in France. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The départements (or departments) are administrative units of France, roughly analogous to British counties and are now grouped into 22 metropolitan and four overseas régions. ... Cher is a département in the center of France. ... Eure-et-Loir is a French département, named after the Eure and Loir rivers. ... Indre is a département in the center of France named after the Indre River. ... Indre-et-Loire is a département in west-central France named after the Indre and the Loire rivers. ... Loir-et-Cher is a département in north-central France named after its two principal rivers. ... Loiret is a département in north-central France named after the Loiret River. ... The 100 French départements are divided into 342 arrondissements. ... The canton is an administrative division of France. ... Map of the 36,568 communes of metropolitan France. ... To help compare orders of magnitude of different geographical regions, we list here areas between 10,000 km² and 100,000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 8 is the 67th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (68th in Leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... // The following are ranked lists of French régions. ... Estuaries and coastal waters are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth, providing ecological, economic, cultural, and aesthetic benefits. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... France is divided into 26 régions, further subdivided into départements. ... Orléans Cathedral, dedicated to the Holy Cross, built from 1278 to 1329; after being pillaged by Huguenots in the 1560s, the Bourbon kings restored it in the 17th century. ...


History

Centre is composed of the following former provinces of France: The Kingdom of France was organized into provinces until March 4, 1790, when the establishment of the département system superseded provinces. ...

Orléanais is a former province of France, around the cities of Orléans, Chartres, and Blois. ... The Touraine is a former province of France. ... Berry was a province of France until the provinces were replaced by départements on March 4, 1790. ... A Percheron draft horse Perche is a region of northern France extending over the départements of Orne, Eure, Eure-et-Loir and Sarthe. ... Région Basse-Normandie Missing image Coat of Arms of Basse-Normandie Details Information Capital: Caen Population  - Total  - Density 1,422,193 (1999 census) 1,443,000 (1. ... Location Administration Capital Nantes Regional President Jacques Auxiette (PS) (since 2004) Départements Loire-Atlantique Mayenne Maine-et-Loire Sarthe Vendée Arrondissements 17 Cantons 192 Communes 1,503 Statistics Land area1 32,082 km² Population (Ranked 5th)  - January 1, 2005 est. ...

Features

The main feature of Centre is the Loire Valley. It includes the rich, fertile valleys of the Loire River and its tributaries: Cher, Indre, Eure, etc. It is in Centre that are located the famous châteaux of the Loire Valley, which attract many tourists to the region. Loire Valley (French: Vallée de la Loire) is known as the Garden of France and the Cradle of the French Language. ... The Loire River (pronounced in French), the longest river in France with a length of just over 1000 km, drains an area of 117,000 km², more than a fifth of France. ... Cher is a river in central France, tributary to the river Loire. ... Indre is a river in central France, tributary to the river Loire. ... The Eure River is a river in northern France. ... The châteaux of the Loire Valley (Val de Loire) number more than 300. ...


Name

The name Centre is criticized by many in France as being overly bland. It was chosen by the French central government based purely on geography, as Centre is composed of too many historical provinces to use a historical name. However, Centre is not in the geographical centre of France, and the name is criticized as being dull and nondescript.


It has been proposed to rename the region Val de Loire (i.e. "Valley of the Loire"), which would give more character to the name of the region. Val de Loire is a name associated with positive images of the Loire Valley, such as the chateaux, the gentle and refined lifestyle, wine, the mild and temperate climate, and so on. The name change has not yet been adopted, but the term is sometimes used next to the name of the region, as in Centre - Val de Loire The châteaux of the Loire Valley (Val de Loire) number more than 300. ...


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The Centre Region is composed of six départements: Eure-et-Loire is its most northern département; Loiret is in the northeast corner of the region; Cher is positioned in the region’s southeast corner; Indre is in the south; Indre-et-Loire is in the southwest and Loir-et-Cher is in the northwest, between Loiret and Indre-et-Loire.
The cultural heart of the Centre Region is the Châteaux de la Loire, which it shares with the adjacent region, to the west, the Pays de la Loire [Western Loire].
Centre is known for its Cabernet, Pinot and Sauvignon grapes, and is a leading producer of barley, corn and wheat.
Encyclopedia: Centre (France) (1802 words)
In France, the president of the regional council is the elected official who heads the conseil régional of a région, a state-level territory.
France is divided into 26 régions: 21 of these are in the continental part of metropolitan France, one is Corse on the island of Corsica (although strictly speaking Corse is in fact a territorial collectivity, not a région, but is referred to as a région in common...
Centre France is divided into 26 régions: 21 of these are in the continental part of metropolitan France, one is Corse on the island of Corsica (although strictly speaking Corse is in fact a territorial collectivity, not a région, but is referred to as a région in common...
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