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Centre Val de Loire

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Country  France
ISO 3166 code  FR-F
Area  39,151 km²
Population  2.56 million (1 Jan 2013)
Time zone  CET (UTC+1)
GDP (2012)  Ranked 9th
Capital  Orléans
Prefecture  Orléans
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Departments  6 Cher Eure-et-Loir Indre Indre-et-Loire Loir-et-Cher Loiret
Total  €67.1 billion (US$86.3 bn)
Destinations  Tours, Orléans, Blois, Joué-lès-Tours, Amboise
Points of interest  Château de Chenonceau, Château de Chambord, ZooParc de Beauval, Château de Villandry, Château d'Amboise
Colleges and Universities  François Rabelais University, University of Orléans, Centre‑Val de Loire INSA, École supérieure de comm, Ecole Polytechnique de l'Unive

Centre-Val de Loire ([sɑ̃tʁ val də lwaʁ]), French for Centre-Loire Valley), is one of the 18 administrative regions of France. It straddles the middle Loire Valley in the interior of the country. The administrative capital is Orléans, but the largest city is Tours.


Map of Centre-Val de Loire, France

Naming and etymology

Like many contemporary regions of France, the region of Centre was created from parts of three historical provinces: Touraine, Orléanais, and Berry. The name Centre was chosen by the French government purely on the basis of geography, in reference to its location in north-central France (the central part of the original French language area),

However, Centre is not situated in the geographical centre of France, and the name was criticized as being too dull and nondescript. Proposed names for the region included Val de Loire after the Loire Valley (the main feature of the region) or Cœur de Loire (i.e. Heart of Loire). On 17 January 2015, as part of the reorganization of French regions, the region's official name was changed to Centre-Val de Loire. Val de Loire is associated with positive images of the Loire Valley, such as the châteaux, the gentle and refined lifestyle, the wine, and the mild and temperate climate, all of which attract many tourists to the region. A new logo was also created.

Largest cities

  • Blois
  • Bourges
  • Chartres
  • Châteauroux
  • Dreux
  • Fleury-les-Aubrais
  • Joué-lès-Tours
  • Orléans
  • Tours
  • Vierzon
  • Economy

    An economic development agency, called Centréco, was created in 1994 by the Centre Regional Council of the Centre-Loire valley region (France) to promote the inflow of investments and the establishment setting-up of new businesses French and foreign companies in the Centre region. This ensures a mission of economic promotion, international support to regional companies and enhancement promotion of regional agrofood products via a regional signature, © du Centre.


    Centre-Val de Loire Wikipedia