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Provinces Of France
The Kingdom of France
Kingdom of France
was organized into provinces until March 4, 1790, when the establishment of the department (French: département) system superseded provinces. The provinces of France were roughly equivalent to the historic counties of England. They came into their final form over the course of many hundreds of years, as many dozens of semi-independent fiefs and former independent countries came to be incorporated into the French royal domain. Because of the haphazard manner in which the provinces evolved, each had its own sets of feudal traditions, laws, taxation systems, courts, etc., and the system represented an impediment to effective administration of the entire country from Paris
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Kingdom Of France
La Parisienne (1830–1848) "The Parisian"The Kingdom of France
France
in 1789.Capital Paris
Paris
(987–1682) Versailles (1682–1789)
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Orléans
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once. Orléans
Orléans
(UK: /ɔːrˈliːənz/;[1] French pronunciation: ​[ɔʁleɑ̃][1]) is a city in north-central France, about 111 kilometres (69 mi) southwest of Paris
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Angoulême
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once. Angoulême
Angoulême
(French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃ɡulɛm] ( listen); Poitevin-Saintongeais: Engoulaeme; Occitan: Engoleime) is a commune, the capital of the Charente
Charente
department, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France. The inhabitants of the commune are known as Angoumoisins or Angoumoisines.[1] Located on a plateau overlooking a meander of the Charente
Charente
River, the city is nicknamed the "balcony of the southwest"
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Aix-en-Provence
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.Aix-en- Provence
Provence
(French pronunciation: ​[ɛksɑ̃pʁɔvɑ̃s]; Provençal Occitan: Ais de Provença in classical norm, or Ais de Prouvènço in Mistralian norm,[1] pronounced [ˈajz de pʀuˈvɛⁿsɔ], Latin: Aquae Sextiae), or simply Aix (pronounced [ɛks]; medieval Occitan
Occitan
Aics), is a city-commune in the south of France, about 30 km (19 mi) north of Marseille. A former capital of Provence, it is in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône, of which it is a subprefecture. The population of Aix numbers approximately 143,000
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Angers
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.The Maine, the castle, and the spires of the cathedral Angers
Angers
(French: [ɑ̃ʒe] ( listen)) is a city in western France, about 300 km (190 mi) southwest of Paris. It is chef-lieu of the Maine-et-Loire
Maine-et-Loire
department and was, before the French Revolution, the capital of the province of Anjou. The inhabitants of both the city and the province are called Angevins
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Amiens
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once. Amiens
Amiens
(French pronunciation: ​[amjɛ̃]) is a city and commune in northern France, 120 km (75 mi) north of Paris
Paris
and 100 km (62 mi) south-west of Lille. It is the capital of the Somme department in Hauts-de-France. The city had a population of 136,105 according to the 2006 census. It has one of the biggest university hospitals in France
France
with a capacity of 1,200 beds. Amiens
Amiens
Cathedral, the tallest of the large, classic, Gothic churches of the 13th century and the largest in France
France
of its kind, is a World Heritage Site
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Dijon
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once. Dijon
Dijon
(French pronunciation: [diʒɔ̃] ( listen))[a] is a city in eastern France, capital of the Côte-d'Or
Côte-d'Or
département and of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
region.[1] The earliest archaeological finds within the city limits of Dijon
Dijon
date to the Neolithic
Neolithic
period. Dijon
Dijon
later became a Roman settlement named Divio, located on the road from Lyon
Lyon
to Paris
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Bordeaux
www.bordeaux.frUNESCO World Heritage SiteOfficial name Bordeaux, Port of the MoonCriteria Cultural: ii, ivReference 1256Inscription 2007 (31st Session)Area 1,731 haBuffer zone 11,974 ha1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once. Bordeaux
Bordeaux
(French pronunciation: ​[bɔʁdo]; Gascon Occitan: Bordèu) is a port city on the Garonne
Garonne
River in the Gironde
Gironde
department in southwestern France. The municipality (commune) of Bordeaux
Bordeaux
proper has a population of 246,586 (2014)
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Poitiers
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once. Poitiers
Poitiers
([pwatje] ( listen)) is a city on the Clain
Clain
river in west-central France. It is a commune and the capital of the Vienne department and also of the Poitou. Poitiers
Poitiers
is a major university centre. The centre of town is picturesque and its streets include predominantly historical architecture, especially religious architecture and especially from the Romanesque period
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Saintes, Charente-Maritime
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.Saintes (French: [sɛ̃t]) is a commune and historic town in southwestern France, in the Charente-Maritime
Charente-Maritime
department of which it is a sub-prefecture, in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Its inhabitants are called Saintaises and Saintais.[1] Saintes is the second-largest city in Charente-Maritime, with 26,470 inhabitants in 2008
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La Rochelle
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once. La Rochelle
La Rochelle
(French pronunciation: ​[la ʁɔ.ʃɛl]) is a city in western France
France
and a seaport on the Bay of Biscay, a part of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the capital of the Charente-Maritime
Charente-Maritime
department. The city is connected to the Île de Ré
Île de Ré
by a 2.9-kilometre (1.8-mile) bridge completed on 19 May 1988
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Troyes
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once. Troyes
Troyes
altarpiece (detail) Victoria and Albert Museum, London Troyes
Troyes
(French pronunciation: ​[tʁwa]) is a commune and the capital of the department of Aube
Aube
in north-central France. It is located on the Seine
Seine
river about 150 km (93 mi) southeast of Paris. This area is known as the Champagne region of Northern France. Many half-timbered houses (mainly of the 16th century) survive in the old town
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Lyon
Centre: Parc de la Tête d'Or, Confluence district and the Vieux Lyon. Bottom: Pont Lafayette, Part-Dieu district with the Place Bellecour
Place Bellecour
in foreground during Festival of Lights.FlagCoat of armsMotto(s): Avant, avant, Lion le melhor. (Old Franco-Provençal: Forward, forward, Lyon
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Rouen
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once. Rouen
Rouen
(French pronunciation: ​[ʁwɑ̃]; Frankish: Rodomo; Latin: Rotomagus, Rothomagus) is a city on the River Seine
Seine
in the north of France. It is the capital of the region of Normandy. Formerly one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe, Rouen
Rouen
was the seat of the Exchequer
Exchequer
of Normandy
Normandy
during the Middle Ages
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Guéret
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once. Guéret
Guéret
(French: [ɡeʁɛ]; Occitan: Garait) is a commune and the prefecture of the Creuse
Creuse
department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
region in central France.Contents1 Geography 2 Population 3 Sights 4 Personalities 5 International relations 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksGeography[edit] A light industrial town, the largest in the department, with a big woodland and a little farming not far from the town centre
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