The départements (or departments) are administrative parts of France and many former French colonies, similar to English counties. Départements are a kind of local government.
The 101 French départements are now grouped into 22 metropolitan and five overseas régions. Their capitals are called préfectures.
French régions and préfecture
Départements (Departments) and Regions of France
- The préfecture of Val-d'Oise was established in Pontoise when the department was created, but moved de facto to the neighbouring commune of Cergy; currently, both form the ville nouvelle of Cergy-Pontoise.
- The overseas departments are former colonies outside France that now enjoy a status similar to European or metropolitan France. They are part of France and of the EU, though special rules apply. Each of them constitutes a région at the same time.
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The former provinces (colours) and the departements (limits in black)
Coat of arms of department 22
The three Algerian departments in 1848
Party affiliation of the General Council Presidents of the various departments in the cantonal elections of 1998.
Party affiliation of the General Council Presidents of the various departments in the elections of 2011.