Centre (French region)

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This article is about an administrative region of France. For other similarly named regions, see Central Region (disambiguation).
Centre
Region of France
Official logo of Centre
Logo
Centre in France.svg
Country  France
Prefecture Orléans
Departments
Government
 • President François Bonneau (PS)
Area
 • Total 39,151 km2 (15,116 sq mi)
Population (2008-01-01)
 • Total 2,538,000
 • Density 65/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code FR-F
GDP (2012)[1] Ranked 9th
Total €67.1 billion (US$86.3 bn)
Per capita €26,126 (US$33,603)
NUTS Region FR2
Website www.regioncentre.fr

Centre (French pronunciation: ​[sɑ̃tʁ]) is one of the 27 regions of France. It straddles the middle Loire Valley and in the interior of the country. The administrative capital is Orléans, but the largest city is Tours.

Naming and etymology[edit]

Forest in Eure-et-Loir, Centre

Like many contemporary regions of France, the Region of Centre was created from parts of several historical provinces. The name "Centre" was chosen by the French government purely on the basis of geography, in reference to its location in north-central France (the central part of the original French language area).

Criticism[edit]

However, Centre is not situated in the geographical centre of France, and the name has been criticized as being too dull and nondescript.[citation needed] Proposed names for the region include Val de Loire after the Loire Valley (the main feature of the region) or "Cœur de Loire" (i.e. "Heart of Loire").[citation needed] Val de Loire is associated with positive images of the Loire Valley, such as the chateaux, the gentle and refined lifestyle, wine, and the mild and temperate climate, all of which attract many tourists to the region. The proposal has not yet been adopted, but the term is sometimes juxtaposed as Centre - Val de Loire. The region includes the rich, fertile valleys of the Loire River and its tributaries: Cher, Indre, Loiret.

Largest cities[edit]

Pont Wilson, Tours

Economy[edit]

An economic development agency, called Centréco, was created in 1994 by the Centre Regional Council of the Centre-Loire valley region (France) to promote the inflow of investments and the establishment setting-up of new businesses French and foreign companies in the Centre region. This ensures a mission of economic promotion, international support to regional companies and enhancement promotion of regional agrofood products via a regional signature, © du Centre.


See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Centre at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 47°30′N 1°45′E / 47.500°N 1.750°E / 47.500; 1.750