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: Moselle
Lorraine / Nancy
55: Meuse
Lorraine / Bar-le-Duc
Brittany / Vannes
57: Meurthe-et-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.

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