French areas will change ceaselessly in 2016

It’s not typically a whole nation makes a brand new yr decision, but in impact that’s what France has performed.

From January 1st, the nation’s 22 areas have been morphed into simply 13 within the hope of lowering the price of its notoriously sophisticated forms. The potential saving may very well be as excessive as €15bn (£12.2bn).

The 2 Normandy areas – Higher and Decrease – have now merged to kind only one area referred to as Normandy. Maybe extra confusingly Burgundy of wine fame and its neighbour to its east Franche-Comté of cheese fame have merged to bcome Burgundy-Franche-Comté and Champagne-Ardenne is now a part of Alsace and Lorraine.

Verdant Limousin has joined forces with Aquitaine and Poitou-Charente and its neighbour, Auvergne, is taken over by Rhône-Alpes.

Languedoc and Roussillon are joined by Midi-Pyrénées (every of whom, by the way, have their very own dialect), incorporating two main cities – Toulouse and Montpellier. Toulouse has turn into the regional capital.

Though the brand new borders have been drawn the names haven’t but been determined. What Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées and Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charente will probably be referred to as after the deadline on July 2nd is anybody’s guess.

Areas whose borders have stayed intact embrace Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Ile-de-France, and Corsica.

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