Talk:Cantons of Luxembourg

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What is the purpose of Luxembourg having cantons if town and villages either work on the communal level or on the district level? Is there a historical reason to this? And is the concept of cantons taken from the Swiss cantons? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:43, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

This isn't particularly well explained in the article. For the most part, they are historical, although they still have legal meaning (legislation refers to 'the cantons of Diekirch and Vianden', etc to specify a particular geographic extent). They're not based on Switzerland - where cantons are sovereign - but on Belgium and France, where cantons are constructs of central government and serve far fewer roles (in terms of role, they're almost identical to French cantons). Bastin 09:31, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Do you have a reference on this? It would be nice to integrate all this information in the article. I've quickly checked and you're right: when "canton(s)" is used in recent law texts (2011), it only refers to wide geographic areas i.e. areas that would consists of more than one commune (Gemeng). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:28, 9 December 2011 (UTC)