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Île-de-France
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Île-de-France

Région Île-de-France

Détails
Information
Capital:Paris
Population
 - Total
 - Density

10 952 011 (1999)
912 /km²
Area12 012 km²
Arrondissements25
Cantons317
Communes1 281
President of the
regional council
Jean-Paul Huchon
Départements
Essonne (91)
Hauts-de-Seine (92)
Paris (75)
Seine-Saint-Denis (93)
Seine-et-Marne (77)
Val-de-Marne (94)
Val-d'Oise (95)
Yvelines (78)
Location

Ile-de-France is a région of France. It includes the capital, Paris.

History

The name first appears in 1387, replacing the older "Pays de France" when the word pays began to mean nation rather than region. (source: Quid). The area around Paris was the original personal domain of the King of France, as opposed to areas ruled by feudal lords of whom he was the suzerain. This is reflected by divisions such as the French Vexin compared to the Norman Vexin, the former being within the King of France's fief, the second being within the Duke of Normandy's fief.

It means, literally, "Isle of France": this is taken as meaning the inland peninsula delimited by the Oise, Seine, Ourcq and Marne rivers.

http://www.iledefrance.fr/


Regions of France
Alsace | Aquitaine | Auvergne | Lower Normandy | Burgundy | Brittany | Centre | Champagne-Ardenne | Corsica | Franche-Comté | Upper Normandy | Île-de-France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Limousin | Lorraine | Midi-Pyrénées | Nord-Pas-de-Calais | Loire Region | Picardy | Poitou-Charentes | Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur | Rhône-Alpes
Overseas Departments
Guadeloupe | Martinique | French Guiana | Réunion

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