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Administrative divisions of France
(incl. |||} Metropolitan France As of January 1, 2008, Metropolitan France is divided into 22 regions (including Corsica, although |||} Metropolitan France As of January 1, 2008, Metropolitan France is divided into 22 regions (including Corsica, although overseas regions)
(incl. Overseas region (Région d'outre-mer is a recent designation given to the overseas departments which have similar powers to those of the regions of Metropolitan In the context of the political and geographic organization of France and many of its former colonies a department (département depaʁtǝmɑ̃ is an Administrative division overseas departments)
Others in Overseas France
France is divided into 26 regions or régions (in French), of which 21 are in continental metropolitan France, one is the island of Corsica, and four lie overseas. Overseas department (départements d’outre-mer or DOM) is a designation under the 1946 Constitution of the Fourth Republic that was given to the The 100 French departments are divided into 342 arrondissements, which may be translated into English as districts. The cantons of France are territorial subdivisions of the French Republic's 341 arrondissements and 100 departments. The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. In France urban communities (communauté urbaine are the most integrated form of intercommunality in France. An agglomeration community ( French: communauté d'agglomération) is a metropolitan government structure in France, created by the Chevènement A communauté de communes (French for "community of communes " is a federation of municipalities (communes in France. The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. In France associated communes (communes associées were created by the Commune Merger Act of July 16 1971 (also called the Marcellin Act) The municipal arrondissement (arrondissement municipal pronounced /aʀɔ̃dismɑ̃ mynisipal/ is a subdivision of the commune, used in the three largest cities Paris The French Overseas Departments and Territories ( French: départements d'outre-mer and territoires d'outre-mer or DOM-TOM) consist broadly of The French overseas collectivities ( collectivités d'outre-mer or COM) like the French regions, themselves are first-order Administrative divisions For the former North American fur-trading district see New Caledonia (Canada, and for the Scottish colony in Panama see Darien scheme. Overseas country ( French: pays d'outre-mer or POM) is the new designation for the Overseas collectivity of French Polynesia. Clipperton Island ( French: Île de Clipperton or Île de la Passion) is a nine-square-kilometre coral Atoll in the Eastern Pacific This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. Metropolitan France (France métropolitaine or la Métropole, or colloquially l'Hexagone) is the part of France located in Europe, including Corsica (Corse Corsican and Italian: Corsica) is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea (after Sicily Regions in mainland France are further subdivided into between 2 and 8 departments or départements. In the context of the political and geographic organization of France and many of its former colonies a department (département depaʁtǝmɑ̃ is an Administrative division
In metropolitan France (excluding Corsica), the median land area of a region is 25,809 km² (9,965 sq mi), which is about one-fifth of the median land area of a U.S. state, and only 4% as large as the median land area of a Canadian province, but 15% larger than the median land area of a German state, and 67% larger than the median land area of a district council of England. In Probability theory and Statistics, a median is described as the number separating the higher half of a sample a population or a Probability distribution A US state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the United States of America that share Sovereignty with the federal government Germany (Deutschland is a Federal Republic consisting of sixteen States, known in German as Länder (singular The districts of England are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government
In 2004, the median population of a region in continental France was 2,329,000 inhabitants, which is a little less than one-half of the median population of a district of England, a little more than one-half of the median population of a U. S. state, and three-quarters of the median population of a German state, but more than twice the median population of a Canadian province.
A median region of continental France is made up of four departments.
Regions do not have legislative autonomy, nor can they issue regulations. They levy their own distinct taxes (and receive a decreasing part of their budget from the national government which gives them a portion of the taxes it levies) and have sizeable, though not considerable, budgets, managed by a regional council (conseil régional) with elected representatives from the regional elections. A regional council (conseil régional is the elected assembly of a region of France.
Their main legal attribution is to build and pay equipment costs for lycées; in March 2004, the French national government announced a controversial plan to transfer to the regions some categories of non-teaching school personnel. Critics of this plan contend that it is doubtful that sufficient fiscal resources for these additional charges will be transferred, and that such measures will increase inequalities between regions.
Apart from these legal attributions, regions have considerable discretionary spending for infrastructure (education, public transportation systems, aid to universities and research, support for entrepreneurs). An entrepreneur is a person who has possession over a company enterprise, or Venture, and assumes significant accountability for the inherent risks and the outcome Because of this, being president of a wealthy region such as Île-de-France or Rhône-Alpes may be quite a high profile position. Île-de-France ( pronounced /il d̪ə fʁɑ̃s/ literally "Island of France" is one of the twenty-six administrative regions of France. Rhône-Alpes ( Franco-Provençal: Rôno-Arpes; Occitan: Ròse Aups) is one of the 26 regions of France, located on the
There are, from time to time, discussions about giving limited legislative autonomy to the regions, but such proposals are controversial. There are also proposals to suppress the local government of the departments and transfer them into their respective regions, leaving the departments with very limited authority.