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Administrative divisions of France

Overseas regions Image File history File links The official emblem of the Government of the French Republic. ... Metropolitan (i. ... France is divided into 26 régions, further subdivided into départements. ...

Overseas departments 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. ...

Urban communities
Agglomeration communities
Commune communities The 100 French départements are divided into 342 arrondissements. ... The canton is an administrative division of France. ... The commune is an administrative division of France. ... An agglomeration community (French: communauté dagglomération) is a metropolitan government structure in France, created by the Chevènement Law of 1999. ... A communauté de communes (French for community of communes) is a federation of municipalities (communes) in France. ...

Associated communes
Municipal arrondissements Map of the 36,568 communes of metropolitan France. ... In France, associated communes (French: communes associées) were created by the Commune Merger Act of July 16, 1971 (also called the Marcellin Act). ... The municipal arrondissement (French: arrondissement municipal, pronounced ), more simply referred to as arrondissement, is a level of administrative division in France lower than the commune. ...

Overseas collectivities
Sui generis collectivity
Overseas country
Overseas territories
Scattered islands
Clipperton Island French overseas departments and territories The French Overseas Departments and Territories (French: départements doutre-mer and territoires doutre-mer or DOM-TOM) consist broadly of French-administered territories outside of Europe. ... A collectivité doutre-mer (in English Overseas Community) or COM, is an administrative division of France. ... Anthem: La Marseillaise Capital Nouméa Largest city Nouméa Official language(s) French Government overseas territory of France  - President Jacques Chirac  - High Commissioner Michel Mathieu  - President Marie-Noëlle Thémereau overseas territory of France since 1853  Area    - Total 19,058 km² (155th)   7,359 sq mi   - Water (%) Land... Overseas country (French: pays doutre-mer or POM) is the new designation for the overseas collectivity of French Polynesia. ... Location of the Scattered islands in the Indian Ocean: • 1 : Bassas da India • 2 : Europa Island • 3 : Glorioso Islands • 4 : Juan de Nova Island • 5 : Tromelin Island (KM : Comoros, MG : Madagascar, MU : Mauritius, MZ : Mozambique, RE : Réunion, YT : Mayotte) The Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean (French: ÃŽles Éparses...

Overseas region (French: Région d'outre-mer), is a recent designation given to the overseas departments which have similar powers to those of the regions of metropolitan France. They have had these powers since 1982, when France's decentralisation policy dictated that they be given elected regional councils along with other regional powers. It was not until the 2003 constitutional change that these regions are now to be called overseas regions; indeed the new wording of the Constitution aims to give no precedence to either appellation departement or overseas region, though the second one is still virtually unused by French media. Under the 1946 Constitution of the Fourth Republic, the French colonies of Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana in the Caribbean and Réunion in the Indian Ocean became départements doutre-mer (in English Overseas Departments) or DOMs. ... France is divided into 26 régions, further subdivided into départements. ... Metropolitan France (French: France métropolitaine, or just la Métropole) is the part of France in Europe, including Corsica, as opposed to the overseas departments and overseas territories, which, while integral parts of the French Republic, are regarded as Overseas France (la France doutre-mer, or more colloquially... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Decentralisation (American: decentralization) is any of various means of more widely distributing decision-making to bring it closer to the point of service or action. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The following have overseas region status:

World map depicting Caribbean : West Indies redirects here. ... World map depicting Caribbean : West Indies redirects here. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ...


As integral parts of the French Republic, they are represented in the National Assembly, Senate and Economic and Social Council, elect a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), and also use the euro as their currency. The Palais Bourbon, front The French National Assembly (French: Assemblée nationale) is one of the two houses of the bicameral Parliament of France under the Fifth Republic. ... The Senate amphitheater in the Luxembourg Palace The Senate (in French :le Sénat) is the upper house of the Parliament of France. ... The Economic and Social Council of France is a consultative assembly. ... Sign in the entrance of the European Parliament building in Brussels, written in all the official languages used in the European Union as of July 2006 The European Parliament building in Strasbourg The debating chamber, or hemicycle, in Strasbourg The European Parliament building in Brussels The European Parliament (formerly European... ISO 4217 Code EUR User(s) European Union; eurozone: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain; outside eurozone: Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, Montenegro, Kosovo, French Guiana, Réunion, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte. ...

See also

Metropolitan (i. ... The French Overseas Departments and Territories (often abbreviated DOM-TOM for départements doutre-mer, territoires doutre-mer) consist broadly of French-administered territories outside of Europe. ... See colony and colonisation for examples of colonialism which do not refer to Western colonialism. ...

External links

  • Ministère de l'Outre-Mer
  • some explanations about the past and current developments of DOMs and TOMs (in French)



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