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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 region (French: Région doutre-mer), is a recent designation given to the overseas departments which have similar powers to those of the regions of metropolitan France. ...

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. ... The term Overseas territory (French: Territoire doutre-mer or TOM), is an administrative division of France and is currently only applied to the French Southern Territories. ... 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...

In France, urban communities (French: communauté urbaine) are the most integrated form of intercommunality in France. An urban community is composed of of a commune and its independent suburbs. The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. ... The commune is an administrative division of France. ...


The first urban communities were created by the French Parliament on December 31, 1966. Originally there were only four, found in the metropolitan areas of Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon and Strasbourg. Later, others were created in other metropolitan areas. The purpose of the urban communities was to achieve cooperation and joint administration between large cities and their independent suburbs. This step often followed failed attempts to merge the communes within a metropolitan area. The status of the urban communities was modified by the Chevènement Law of 1999. December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... New city flag (traditional tri-crescent) City coat of arms Motto: The fleur-de-lis alone rules over the moon, the waves, the castle, and the lion Location Coordinates Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Administration Country France Région Aquitaine Département Gironde (33) Intercommunality Urban Community of Bordeaux Mayor... New city flag Traditional coat of arms Motto: – Location Coordinates Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Administration Country France Région Nord-Pas de Calais Département Nord (59) Intercommunality Urban Community of Lille Métropole Mayor Martine Aubry  (PS) (since 2001) City Statistics Land area¹ 39. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: (Arpitan: Forward, forward, Lyon the best) Location Coordinates Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Administration Country France Region Rhône-Alpes Department Rhône (69) Subdivisions 9 arrondissements Intercommunality Urban Community of Lyon Mayor Gérard Collomb  (PS) (since 2001) City Statistics Land area... City flag City coat of arms Location Coordinates Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Administration Country France Région Alsace Département Bas-Rhin (67) Intercommunality Urban Community of Strasbourg Mayor Fabienne Keller  (UMP) (since 2001) City Statistics Land area¹ 78. ... Jean-Pierre Chevènement Jean-Pierre Chevènement (born March 9, 1939 in Belfort) is a French politician. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


Unlike agglomeration communities and commune communities, communes cannot leave an urban community freely. 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. ...


As of January 1, 2006, there are 14 urban communities in France (all in metropolitan France), with a combined 6.22 million inhabitants. January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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...


List of the 14 urban communities

(ranked by population as of March 1999 census, in 2006 limits)

  1. Urban Community of Lyon (Grand Lyon, or COURLY) – 1,167,532 inhabitants
  2. Urban Community of Lille Métropole – 1,091,438
  3. Urban Community of Marseille Provence Métropole – 981,769
  4. Urban Community of Bordeaux (CUB) – 659,998
  5. Urban Community of Nantes (Nantes Métropole) – 554,478
  6. Urban Community of Strasbourg (CUS) – 452,609
  7. Urban Community of Greater Nancy – 258,268
  8. Urban Community of Brest (Brest Métropole Océane) – 213,545
  9. Urban Community of Dunkerque (Dunkerque Grand Littoral) – 208,705
  10. Urban Community of Le Mans Métropole – 188,665
  11. Urban Community of Creusot Montceau – 92,292
  12. Urban Community of Arras – 89 451
  13. Urban Community of Cherbourg – 88,588
  14. Urban Community of Alençon – 49,957

 
 

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