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LIST OF FRENCH REGIONS

(Please note: the numbering system for the regions is not official, but my own system: starting top left & working left to right down the map.)

  1. BRETAGNE
  2. BASSE-NORMANDIE
  3. HAUTE-NORMANDIE
  4. PICARDIE
  5. NORD-PAS-DE-CALAIS
  6. PAYS-DE-LA-LOIRE
  7. CENTRE
  8. ÎLLE-DE-FRANCE
  9. CHAMPAGNE-ARDENNE
  10. LORRAINE
  11. ALSACE
  12. POITOU-CHARANTES
  13. LIMOUSIN
  14. AUVERGNE
  15. BOURGOGNE
  16. FRANCHE-COMTÉ
  17. AQUITAINE
  18. MIDI-PYRÉNÉES
  19. LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON
  20. RHÔNE-ALPES
  21. PROVENCE-ALPES-CÔTE D'AZUR
  22. CORSE

LIST OF OFFICIAL FRENCH DEPARTMENT NUMBERS

(The departments are numbered in alphabetical order, they also form the first part of the post code for each department.)

  • 01 Ain
  • 02 Aisne
  • 03 Allier
  • 04 Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
  • 05 Hautes-Alpes
  • 06 Alpes-Maritimes
  • 07 Ardèche
  • 08 Ardennes
  • 09 Ariège
  • 10 Aube
  • 11 Aude
  • 12 Aveyron
  • 13 Bouches-du-Rhône
  • 14 Calvados
  • 15 Cantal
  • 16 Charente
  • 17 Charente-Maritime
  • 18 Cher
  • 19 Corrèze
  • 21 Côte-d’Or
  • 22 Côtes-d’Armor
  • 23 Creuse
  • 24 Dordogne
  • 25 Doubs
  • 26 Drôme
  • 27 Eure
  • 28 Eure-et-Loir
  • 29 Finistère
  • 30 Gard
  • 31 Haute-Garonne
  • 32 Gers
  • 33 Gironde
  • 34 Hérault
  • 35 Ille-et-Vilaine
  • 36 Indre
  • 37 Indre-et-Loire
  • 38 Isère
  • 39 Jura
  • 40 Landes
  • 41 Loire-et-Cher
  • 42 Loire
  • 43 Haute-Loire
  • 44 Loire-Atlantique
  • 45 Loiret
  • 46 Lot
  • 47 Lot-et-Garonne
  • 48 Lozère
  • 49 Maine-et-Loire
  • 50 Manche
  • 51 Marne
  • 52 Haute-Marne
  • 53 Marenne
  • 54 Moselle
  • 55 Meuse
  • 56 Morbihan
  • 57 Meurthe-et-Moselle
  • 58 Nièvre
  • 59 Nord
  • 60 Oise
  • 61 Orne
  • 62 Pas-de-Calais
  • 63 Puy-de-dôme
  • 64 Pyrénées-Atlantiques
  • 65 Hautes-Pyrénées
  • 66 Pyrénées-Orientales
  • 67 Bas-Rhin
  • 68 Haut-Rhin
  • 69 Rhône
  • 70 Haute-Saône
  • 71 Saône-et-Lotre
  • 72 Sarthe
  • 73 Savoie
  • 74 Haute-Savoie
  • 75 Paris
  • 76 Seine-Maritime
  • 77 Seine-et-Marne
  • 78 Yvelines
  • 79 Deux-Sèvres
  • 80 Somme
  • 81 Tarn
  • 82 Tarn-et-Garonne
  • 83 Var
  • 84 Vaucluse
  • 85 Vendée
  • 86 Vienne
  • 87 Haute-Vienne
  • 88 Vosges
  • 89 Yonne
  • 90 Territoire de Belfort
  • 91 Essonne
  • 92 Hauts-de-Seine
  • 93 Seine-Saint-Denis
  • 94 Val-de-Marne
  • 95 Val-d’Oise
  • 2A Corse-du-Sud
  • 2B Haute-Corse

FRENCH REGIONAL & DEPARTMENTAL MAPS & OFFICIAL DEPARTMENT NUMBERS

While searching for a house in France to buy on French property websites, you may have a need to check on the location of the house, with reference to the regions and departments of France.
Most, if not all, of the regional maps of France that are turned up by an Internet search for 'map of France', attempt to show all the departments, as well as the regions, on the same small scale map.
Unless you possess the piercing gaze of a predatory hawk - able to spot a small vole in a grassy field half a mile away - you may struggle to make out the partly obscured lettering of some of the departments on these maps. For that reason, I have separated out each region onto their own discrete maps to show the departments in each region.

MAP OF REGIONS OF FRANCE

map of French Regions

THE REGIONS & DEPARTMENTS OF FRANCE

The main map shows the regions of France. Below, are maps of the various departments within each region. There are 26 regions of France including Corsica and four overseas regions. These regions are divided into one hundred departments, of which four are overseas, and the departments are further divided into communes. I have numbered the regions purely for ease of linking them to the departmental maps. Please note, these are not officially designated region numbers.

If you are interested in the origins of the regional & departmental administrative divisions of France, there is a link to a brief history below:

COMMUNES, DEPARTMENTS, & REGIONS HISTORY

MAPS OF DEPARTMENTS OF FRANCE

Departments of Bretagne.
1 DEPARTMENTS OF BRETAGNE

Finestère, Côte-d'Armor, Morbihan, Ille-et-Vilaine.

Departments of Basse-Normandie.
2 DEPARTMENTS OF BASSE-NORMANDIE

Manche, Calvados, Orne.

Departments of Haute-Normandie.
3 DEPARTMENTS OF HAUTE-NORMANDIE

Seine-Maritime, Eure.

Departments of Picardie.
4 DEPARTMENTS OF PICARDIE

Somme, Oise, Aisne.

Departments of Nord-Pas-De-Calais.
5 DEPARTMENTS OF NORD-PAS-DE-CALAIS

Pas-de-Calais, Nord.

Departments of Pays-de-la-Loire.
6 DEPARTMENTS OF PAYS-DE-LA-LOIRE

Mayenne, Sarthe, Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Vendée.

Departments of Centre.
7 DEPARTMENTS OF CENTRE

Eure-et-Loire, Loire-et-Cher, Loiret, Indre-et-Loire, Indre, Cher.

Departments of Ille-de-France.
8 DEPARTMENTS OF ÎLLE-DE-FRANCE

Val-d'Oise, Yvelines, Essonne, Seine-et-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Haut-de-Seine, Val-de-Marne.

Departments of Champagne-Ardenne.
9 DEPARTMENTS OF CHAMPAGNE-ARDENNE

Ardennes, Marne, Aube, Haute-Marne.

Departments of Lorraine.
10 DEPARTMENTS OF LORRAINE

Moselle, Meuse, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Vosges.

Departments of Alsace.
11 DEPARTMENTS OF ALSACE

Bas-Rhin, Haute-Rhin

Departments of Poitou-Charentes.
12 DEPARTMENTS OF POITOU-CHARENTES

Deux-Sèvres, Vienne, Charente-Maritime, Charente.

Departments of Limousin.
13 DEPARTMENTS OF LIIMOUSIN

Creuse, Haute-Vienne, Corrèze.

Departments of Auvergne.
14 DEPARTMENTS OF AUVERGNE

Allier, Puy-de-Dôme, Cantal, Haute-Loire.

Departments of Bourgogne.
15 DEPARTMENTS OF BOURGOGNE

Yonne, Côte-d'Or, Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire.

Departments of Franche-Conte.
16 DEPARTMENTS OF FRANCHE-COMTÉ

Haute-Saône, Doubs, Jura.

Departments of Aquitaine.
17 DEPARTMENTS OF AQUITAINE

Dordogne, Gironde, Lot-et-Garonne, Landes, Pyrénées-Atlantique.

Departments of Limousin.
18 DEPARTMENTS OF MIDI-PYRÉNÉES

Lot, Aveyron, Tarn-et-Garonne, Tarn, Gers, Haute-Garonne, Haute-Pyrénées, Ariège.

Departments of Languedoc-Roussilion.
19 DEPARTMENTS OF LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON

Lozière, Gard, Hérault, Aude, Pyrénées-Orientals.

Departments of Rhone-Alpes.
20 DEPARTMENTS OF RHÔNE-ALPES

Ain, Haute-Savoie, Loire, Rhône, Savoie, Isère, Ardèche, Drôme.

Departments of Province-Alpes-Cote D'Azur.
21 DEPARTMENTS OF PROVENCE-ALPES-CÔTE D'AZUR

Haute-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Vaucluse, Bouches-de-Rhône, Var.

Departments of Corse.
22 DEPARTMENTS OF CORSE

Haute-Corse, Corse-de-Sud.

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