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France is traditionally divided into roughly 22 ancient provinces, although modern government, mail delivery, and auto registrations are now based on 95 departmental regions. Each is administered by a general council with a Préfet who works from a Préfecture. Départements are numbered in alphabetical order (see list below), and the two first digits in a French postal code correspond to the number of the département. The two last digits of a French-registered car also correspond to the number of the département in which the car owner resides.

The total area of France covers 551,100 km2 (appr. 180,000 sq. miles - almost the size of Texas), to which are added 8 overseas departments and territories. Boasting 58 million inhabitants (10 million in the Paris region alone), France's 36,673 towns and villages are linked by 964,356 km (599,240 miles) of roads and 31,940 km (19,847 miles) of railways.

With four broad and distinct climactic zones, and geography ranging from verdant valleys to snow-capped mountains, the many faces of France's provinces provide such contrasts in language and culture, architecture and cuisine, ancient history and traditional dress, that a visitor may get the impression they have discovered different countries within this one nation.

1 Ain 25 Doubs 50 Manche 75 Paris
 
2 Aisne 26 Drùme 51 Marne 76 Seine-Maritime
 
3 Allier 27 Eure 52 Marne (Haute-) 77 Seine-et-Marne
 
4 Alpes-de-Haute-Provence 28 Eure-et-Loir 53 Mayenne 78 Yvelines
 
5 Alpes (Haute-) 29 Finistère 54 Meurthe-et-Moselle 79 Deux-Sèvres
 
6 Alpes-Maritimes 30 Gard 55 Meuse 80 Somme
 
7 Ardèche 31 Garonne (Haute-) 56 Morbihan 81 Tarn
 
8 Ardennes 32 Gers 57 Moselle 82 Tarn et Garonne
 
9 Ariège 33 Gironde 58 Nièvre 83 Var
 
10 Aube 34 Hérault 59 Nord 84 Vaucluse
 
11 Aude 35 Ille-et-Vilaine 60 Oise 85 Vendée
 
12 Aveyron 36 Indre 61 Orne 86 Vienne
 
13 Bouches-du-Rhône 37 Indre-et-Loire 62 Pas-de-Calais 87 Vienne (Haute-)
 
14 Calvados 38 Isère 63 Puy-de-Dôme 88 Vosges
 
15 Cantal 39 Jura 64 Pyrénées-Atlantiques 89 Yonne
 
16 Charente 40 Landes 65 Pyrénées (Haute-) 90 Territoire de Belfort
 
17 Charente-Maritime 41 Loir-et-Cher 66 Pyrénées-Orientales 91 Essonne
 
18 Cher 42 Loire 67 Bas-Rhin 92 Hauts-de-Seine
 
19 Corrèze 43 Loire (Haute-) 68 Haut-Rhin 93 Seine-St-Denis
 
2A Corse-du-Sud 44 Loire-Atlantique 69 Rhône 94 Val-de-Marne
 
2B Corse (Haute-) 45 Loiret 70 Saône (Haute-) 95 Val-d'Oise
 
21 Côte-d'Or 46 Lot 71 Saône-et-Loire 971 Guadeloupe
 
22 Côtes d'Armor 47 Lot-et-Garonne 72 Sarthe 972 Martinique
 
23 Creuse 48 Lozère 73 Savoie 973 Guyane
 
24 Dordogne 49 Maine-et-Loire 74 Savoie (Haute-) 974 Réunion


 
 

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