Arrondissements of the Ardèche department facts for kids

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Arrondissement of Largentière in green, Privas in yellow, Tournon-sur-Rhône in blue

There are 3 arrondissements in the Ardèche department. The French departments, and in other countries, are divided into arrondissements, which may be translated into English as districts (in some cases, as boroughs). The capital of an arrondissement is called a subprefecture.

If the prefecture (capital) of the department is in an arrondissement, that prefecture is the capital of the arrondissement, acting both as a prefecture and as a subprefecture.

Arrondissements are further divided into communes.

The arrondissements of the Ardèche are:

  1. Arrondissement of Largentière, (subprefecture: Largentière), with 148 communes.
  2. Arrondissement of Privas, (prefecture: Privas), with 65 communes.
  3. Arrondissement of Tournon-sur-Rhône, (subprefecture: Tournon-sur-Rhône), with 126 communes.


Since its creation, the Ardèche department has had few changes:

  • 1790 : creation of the department with seven districts: Annonay, Aubenas, L'Argentière, Privas, Tournon, Vernoux and Villeneuve-de-Berg; the capital was Privas alternating with Annonay, Aubenas, Le Bourg(-Saint-Andéol) and Tournon. In August of that year, the number of districts was reduced to three: Mézenc, Aubenas and Tanargue. In September, Privas became the only capital of the department.
  • 1800 : creation of three arrondissements: Privas, L'Argentière and Tournon.
  • 1988 : Tournon became Tournon-sur-Rhône.

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