Indre

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Indre
Department
Prefecture building of the Indre department, in Châteauroux
Prefecture building of the Indre department, in Châteauroux
Coat of arms of Indre
Coat of arms
Location of Indre in France
Location of Indre in France
Coordinates: 46°46′N 1°36′E / 46.767°N 1.600°E / 46.767; 1.600Coordinates: 46°46′N 1°36′E / 46.767°N 1.600°E / 46.767; 1.600
Country France
Region Centre
Prefecture Châteauroux
Subprefectures Le Blanc
La Châtre
Issoudun
Government
 • President of the General Council Louis Pinton
Area1
 • Total 6,791 km2 (2,622 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Total 231,139
 • Rank 81st
 • Density 34/km2 (88/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 36
Arrondissements 4
Cantons 26
Communes 247
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Indre (French pronunciation: ​[ɛ̃dʁ]) is a department in the centre of France named after the river Indre. The inhabitants of the department are called Indriens.

History[edit]

Indre is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. It was created from part of the former province of Berry.

Geography[edit]

Indre is part of the current region of Centre (Val de Loire) and is surrounded by the departments of Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, Cher, Creuse, Vienne, and Haute-Vienne.

Politics[edit]

The President of the General Council is Louis Pinton of the Union for a Popular Movement.

Party seats
Miscellaneous Right 9
Union for a Popular Movement 8
Socialist Party 7
New Centre 2

Tourism[edit]

The Indre has two villages classified among the most beautiful villages of France: Saint-Benoît-du-Sault and Gargilesse-Dampierre.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Indre (department) at Wikimedia Commons