Examples of architecture such as palaces, cathedrals, cottages and museums and a multitude of styles dot the landscape and cities of France. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, from the Alps to the Pyrenees Mountains, France shares its borders with neighboring countries that it has been both influenced by and at odds with over the centuries. It’s regions are shaped by its varied climate and geography.

Departments and Regions of France

Departments of France


Paris, Versailles, Vaux-le-Vicompte, Fontainebleau, gastronomy, Eiffel Tower

Northeastern France

Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine, Alsace, Franche-Comté: Reims, Strasbourg, canal center, cheese, wine

Great West

Pays de la Loire, Bretagne (Brittany): Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire, Le Mans, Rennes, Brest, seafarers, crêpes, Breton culture

Southwestern France

Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées: Bordeaux, Toulouse, Bayonne, Basque Region, wine, Roman history, terracotta brick

Northern France

Haut-de-France (Nord-Pas de Calais, Picardie), Normandy: Lille, Rouen, Caen, Le Havre

Central France

Centre-Val de Loire, Bourgogne (Burgundy), Poitou-Charentes, Limousin, Auvergne: Dijon, Tours, Orléans, Loire Valley, Bourges, Clermont-Ferrand, Limoges

Southeastern France

Rhône-Alpes, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Corse (Corsica): Lyon, Vienne, Chambery, Grenoble, Nîmes, Montpellier, Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Nice, Cannes, Marseille, Avignon, French Riviera, Mediterranean Sea, Roman history, gastronomy, French Alps

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