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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 NameRegionPrefectureCommunes*
01AinRhone-AlpsBourg-en-BresseAin communes
02AisnePicardyLaonAisne communes
2ACorse-du-SudCorsicaAjaccioCorsica communes
2BHaute-CorseCorsicaBastiasee Corsica above
03AllierAuvergneMoulinsAllier communes
04Alpes-de-Haute-ProvenceProvence-Alps-Cote d'AzurDigne-les-BainsAlpes-de-Haute-Provence communes
05Hautes-AlpesProvence-Alps-Cote d'AzurGapHautes-Alpes communes
06Alpes-MaritimesProvence-Alps-Cote d'AzurNiceAlpes-Maritimes communes
07ArdècheRhone-AlpsPrivasArdèche communes
08ArdennesChampagne ArdenneCharleville-MezieresArdennes communes
09AriègeMidi PyreneesFoixAriege communes
10AubeChampagne ArdenneTroyesAube communes
11AudeLanguedoc RoussillonCarcassonneAude communes
12AveyronMidi PyreneesRodezAveyron communes
13Bouches-du-RhôneProvence-Alps-Cote d'AzurMarseilleBouches du Rhone communes
14CalvadosLower NormandyCaenCalvados communes
15CantalAuvergneAurillacCantal communes
16CharentePoitou CharentesAngoulemeCharente communes
17Charente-MaritimePoitou CharentesLa RochelleCharente-Maritime communes
18CherCentre (Loire Valley)BourgesCher communes
19CorrèzeLimousinTulleCorreze communes
21Côte-d’OrBurgundyDijonCote d'Or communes
22Cotes-d’ArmorBrittanySaint-BrieucCotes-d'Armor communes
23CreuseLimousinGuéretCreuse communes
24DordogneAquitainePérigueuxDordogne communes
25DoubsFranche ComteBesanconDoubs communes
26DrômeRhone-AlpsValenceDrome communes
27EureUpper NormandyEvreuxEure communes
28Eure-et-LoirCentre (Loire Valley)ChartresEure-et-Loir communes
29FinistèreBrittanyQuimperFinistere communes
30GardLanguedoc RoussillonNimesGard communes
31Haute-GaronneMidi PyreneesToulouseHaute-Garonne communes
32Gers (see Gascony)Midi PyreneesAuchGers communes
33GirondeAquitaineBordeauxGironde communes
34HéraultLanguedoc RoussillonMontpellierHerault communes
35Ille-et-VilaineBrittanyRennesIlle-et-Vilaine communes
36IndreCentre (Loire Valley)ChateaurouxIndre communes
37Indre-et-LoireCentre (Loire Valley)ToursIndre-et-Loire communes
38IsèreRhone-AlpsGrenobleIsere communes
39JuraFranche ComteLons-le-SaunierJura communes
40LandesAquitaineMont-de-MarsanLandes communes
41Loir-et-CherCentre (Loire Valley)BloisLoir-et-Cher communes
42LoireRhone-AlpsSaint-EtienneLoire communes
43Haute-LoireAuvergneLe Puy-en-VelayHaute-Loire communes
44Loire-AtlantiquePays de la LoireNantesLoire-Atlantique communes
45LoiretCentre (Loire Valley)OrleansLoiret communes
46LotMidi PyreneesCahorsLot communes
47Lot-et-GaronneAquitaineAgenLot-et-Garonne communes
48LozèreLanguedoc RoussillonMendeLozere communes
49Maine-et-Loire (see Anjou)Pays de la LoireAngersMaine-et-Loire communes
50MancheLower NormandySaint-LôManche communes
51MarneChampagne ArdenneChalons-en-ChampagneMarne communes
52Haute-MarneChampagne ArdenneChaumontHaute-Marne communes
53MayennePays de la LoireLavalMayenne communes
54MoselleLorraineNancyMoselle communes
55MeuseLorraineBar-le-DucMeuse communes
56MorbihanBrittanyVannesMorbihan communes
57Meurthe-et-MoselleLorraineMetzMeurthe-et-Moselle communes
58NièvreBurgundyNeversNievre communes
59NordNord Pas de CalaisLilleNord communes
60OisePicardyBeauvaisOise communes
61OrneLower NormandyAlenconOrne communes
62Pas-de-CalaisNord Pas de CalaisArrasPas-de-Calais communes
63Puy-de-DômeAuvergneClermont-FerrandPuy-de-Dome communes
64Pyrénées-AtlantiquesAquitainePauPyrenees-Atlantiques communes
65Hautes-PyrénéesMidi PyreneesTarbesHautes-Pyrenees communes
66Pyrénées-OrientalesLanguedoc RoussillonPerpignanPyrenees-Orientales communes
67Bas-RhinAlsaceStrasbourgBas-Rhin communes
68Haut-RhinAlsaceColmarHaut-Rhin communes
69RhôneRhone-AlpsLyonRhone-communes
70Haute-SaôneFranche ComteVesoulHaute-Saone communes
71Saône-et-LoireBurgundyMaconSaone-et-Loire communes
72SarthePays de la LoireLe MansSarthe communes
73SavoieRhone-AlpsChamberySavoie communes
74Haute-SavoieRhone-AlpsAnnecyHaute-Savoie communes
75ParisParisParis 
76Seine-MaritimeUpper NormandyRouenSeine-Maritime communes
77Seine-et-MarneParisMelunSeine-et-Marne communes
78YvelinesParisVersaillesYvelines communes
79Deux-SèvresPoitou CharentesNiortDeux-Sèvres communes
80SommePicardyAmiensSomme communes
81TarnMidi PyreneesAlbiTarn communes
82Tarn-et-GaronneMidi PyreneesMontaubanTarn-et-Garonne communes
83VarProvence-Alps-Cote d'AzurToulonVar communes
84VaucluseProvence-Alps-Cote d'AzurAvignonVaucluse communes
85VendéePays de la LoireLa Roche-sur-YonVendee communes
86ViennePoitou CharentesPoitiersVienne communes
87Haute-VienneLimousinLimogesHaute-Vienne communes
88VosgesLorraineEpinalVosges communes
89YonneBurgundyAuxerreYonne communes
90Territoire de BelfortFranche ComteBelfortTerritoire-de-Belfort communes
91EssonneParisEvrysee Paris (no 75 above)
92Hauts-de-SeineParisNanterresee Paris (no 75 above)
93Seine-Saint-DenisParisBobignysee Paris (no 75 above)
94Val-de-MarneParisCréteilsee Paris (no 75 above)
95Val-d’OiseParisCergy-Pontoisesee 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.

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