Departments in France

France is officially divided into 22 administrative regions (plus four overseas), then further divided into 96 departments.

Each French department falls entirely within one region, and has its own local 'capital' town - called a prefecture. Each department is further subdivided into 'communes' - locally administered areas (there are approximately 37,000 communes in France, approximately representing each place in France).

Confusingly some parts of France that you might visit are best known by their 'department' name e.g. Dordogne is a department forming part of the Aquitaine region, while others are better known under their region name eg Brittany (where the region includes several departments)

The departments below are listed by department number - these department numbers are very widely used, including being the first two digits of French postcodes. and the last two digits of a car registration number (until spring 2010).

 
 

Dept No.: Department
Region / Prefecture
Communes*
 

01: Ain
Rhone-Alps / Bourg-en-Bresse
 

02: Aisne
Picardy / Laon
 

2A: Corse-du-Sud
Corsica / Ajaccio
 

2B: Haute-Corse
Corsica / Bastia
see Corsica above
 

03: Allier
Auvergne / Moulins
 

 

Provence / Gap
 

 

Rhone-Alps / Privas
 

08: Ardennes
Champagne Ardenne / Charleville-Mezieres
 

Midi Pyrenees / Foix
 

10: Aube
Champagne Ardenne / Troyes
 

11: Aude
Languedoc Roussillon / Carcassonne
 

Midi Pyrenees / Rodez
 

Provence / Marseille
 

Lower Normandy / Caen
 

15: Cantal
Auvergne / Aurillac
 

Poitou Charentes / Angouleme
 

Poitou Charentes / La Rochelle
 

18: Cher
Centre (Loire Valley) / Bourges
 

Limousin / Tulle
 

Burgundy / Dijon
 

Brittany / Saint-Brieuc
 

23: Creuse
Limousin / Guéret
 

Aquitaine / Périgueux
 

25: Doubs
Franche Comte / Besancon
 

26: Drôme
Rhone-Alps / Valence
 

27: Eure
Upper Normandy / Evreux
 

Centre (Loire Valley) / Chartres
 

Brittany / Quimper
 

30: Gard
Languedoc Roussillon / Nimes
 

Midi Pyrenees / Toulouse
 

32: Gers (see Gascony)
Midi Pyrenees / Auch
 

Aquitaine / Bordeaux
 

Languedoc Roussillon / Montpellier
 

 

36: Indre
Centre (Loire Valley) / Chateauroux
 

Centre (Loire Valley) / Tours
 

38: Isère
Rhone-Alps / Grenoble
 

39: Jura
Franche Comte / Lons-le-Saunier
 

40: Landes
Aquitaine / Mont-de-Marsan
 

Centre (Loire Valley) / Blois
 

42: Loire
Rhone-Alps / Saint-Etienne
 

Auvergne / Le Puy-en-Velay
 

Pays de la Loire / Nantes
 

45: Loiret
Centre (Loire Valley) / Orleans
 

46: Lot
Midi Pyrenees / Cahors
 

 

Languedoc Roussillon / Mende
 

49: Maine-et-Loire (see Anjou)
Pays de la Loire / Angers
 

50: Manche
Lower Normandy / Saint-Lô
 

51: Marne
Champagne Ardenne / Chalons-en-Champagne
 

52: Haute-Marne
Champagne Ardenne / Chaumont
 

Pays de la Loire / Laval
 

54: Meurthe-et-Moselle
Lorraine / Nancy
 

55: Meuse
Lorraine / Bar-le-Duc
 

Brittany / Vannes
 

57: Moselle
Lorraine / Metz
 

Burgundy / Nevers
 

59: Nord
Nord Pas de Calais / Lille
 

60: Oise
Picardy / Beauvais
 

61: Orne
Lower Normandy / Alencon
 

62: Pas-de-Calais
Nord Pas de Calais / Arras
 

Auvergne / Clermont-Ferrand
 

 

Midi Pyrenees / Tarbes
 

Languedoc Roussillon / Perpignan
 

Alsace / Strasbourg
 

Alsace / Colmar
 

69: Rhône
Rhone-Alps / Lyon
 

70: Haute-Saône
Franche Comte / Vesoul
 

 

72: Sarthe
Pays de la Loire / Le Mans
 

73: Savoie
Rhone-Alps / Chambery
 

Rhone-Alps / Annecy
 

75: Paris
Paris / Paris
 
 

Upper Normandy / Rouen
 

77: Seine-et-Marne
Paris / Melun
 

78: Yvelines
Paris / Versailles
 

79: Deux-Sèvres
Poitou Charentes / Niort
 

80: Somme
Picardy / Amiens
 

81: Tarn
Midi Pyrenees / Albi
 

Midi Pyrenees / Montauban
 

83: Var
Provence / Toulon
 

Provence / Avignon
 

Pays de la Loire / La Roche-sur-Yon
 

86: Vienne
Poitou Charentes / Poitiers
 

Limousin / Limoges
 

88: Vosges
Lorraine / Epinal
 

89: Yonne
Burgundy / Auxerre
 

90: Territoire de Belfort
Franche Comte / Belfort
 

91: Essonne
Paris / Evry
see Paris (no 75 above)
 

92: Hauts-de-Seine
Paris / Nanterre
see Paris (no 75 above)
 

93: Seine-Saint-Denis
Paris / Bobigny
see Paris (no 75 above)
 

94: Val-de-Marne
Paris / Créteil
see Paris (no 75 above)
 

95: Val-d’Oise
Paris / Cergy-Pontoise
see Paris (no 75 above)

 
 

* Note: these listings provide complete alphabetical list of all the communes in France, by department - which in turn will provide you with maps, tourist information, hotels and places of interest for each of these communes (Paris communes are grouped together).

The four overseas departments are Guadelope, Martinique, La Réunion and Guyane

See 'Places to visit in France' for a map of the regions of France. This list of departments in France should help if you know what department you want to visit e.g. Dordogne 24 but you don't know which region it forms part of.

Map of the departments of France.

map of the departments of france