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French regions

France’s grand regions

France is the most civilised country in the world and doesn't care who knows it. John Gunther

L’Hexagone, as France likes to call itself, is a patchwork of historic regions, of former kingdoms, duchies and counties (Lorraine, Périgord, Berry, Anjou, Savoie) that were reorganized as départements during the Revolution.

In Metropolitan France these were bunched together in 22 regions in the Decentralization law of 1982. In 2015, the 22 regions were re-organized into 13 bigger regions (including Corsica in 2019) in Metropolitan France, along with five overseas regions (French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion and Mayotte). In this app I’ve mostly stuck with these big regions.

But however you organize it, France knows a thing or two about food, not only preparing it and enjoying it, but producing it; few countries on earth are more naturally blessed by climate and geography and generations of savoir faire on the farm and in the kitchen.

Auvergne Rhône Alpes

Basque Country and Béarn

Bourgogne-Franche Comté


Centre-Val de Loire


Grand Est



Nouvelle Aquitaine


Paris and the Île de France

Pays de la Loire

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Wikipedia, creative commons license