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Administrative divisions of France
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Overseas region (French: Région d'outre-mer) is a recent designation given to the overseas departments that have similar powers to those of the regions of metropolitan France. As integral parts of the French Republic, they are represented in the National Assembly, Senate and Economic and Social Council, elect a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), and use the Euro as their currency.
Although these territories have had these political powers since 1982, when France's decentralisation policy dictated that they be given elected regional councils along with other regional powers, the designation overseas regions dates only to the 2003 constitutional change; indeed, the new wording of the constitution aims to give no precedence to either appellation overseas department or overseas region, although the second is still virtually unused by French media.
The following have overseas region status:
- French Guiana in South America
- Guadeloupe in the Caribbean
- Martinique in the Caribbean
- Réunion in the Indian Ocean
- Mayotte in the Indian Ocean
- Ministère de l'Outre-Mer
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