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Centre Province of France

Facts on Centre

Land area: 39,151 km²
Population: estimated at 2,505,000
Area: 64/km² (2006)
Capital City: Orleans

Centre is one of the 26 regions of France, which is located towards the northwest of the country and the capital is Orléans.

Centre Province

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Facts on Centre Province of France

Centre is composed of  Orleanais, Touraine and Berry which are the former France provinces.  A part of the Perche is also included, although the rest of Perche is in the regions of Lower Normandy and the Pays-de-la-Loire.

The main feature of Centre is the Loire Valley and it is in Centre that you can find numerous famous chateaux with remarkable gardens, which attract many tourists from around the world to this region.

However, the name Centre is criticized by many in France as being overly bland. It was chosen by the French central government based purely on geography, as Centre is composed of too many historical provinces to use a historical name.  Yet Centre is not actually the geographical centre of France!

It has been proposed to rename the region Val de Loire (meaning "Valley of the Loire"), which would give more character to the name of the region and its association with the chateaux etc.   But unfortunately for many who would like to see this happen, the name has not yet been changed, but it is sometimes used next to the name of the region, as Centre - Val de Loire.

The Loire River, which travels through the Centre, is the longest river in France with a length of just over 1000km.

There are six departments making up the Centre, which are the Loir-et-Cher, Cher, Eure-et-Loire, Indre-et-Loire, Indre and Loiret

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