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Title: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes  
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Subject: Rhône-Alpes, Regions of France, Auvergne (region), Champagne-Ardenne, Poitou-Charentes
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Region of France
Country  France
Prefecture Lyon
 • Total 69,711 km2 (26,916 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 7,695,264
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a future Region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014 by the merger of Auvergne, and Rhône-Alpes. The new region will take effect on 1 January 2016.[1]

The region will cover an area of more than 69,711 km2 (26,916 sq mi), and with a population of 7,695,264.[2] The region will be operational after the regional elections in December 2015.


  • Toponymy 1
  • Major communities 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The text of the law gives interim names for most of the merged regions, combining the names of their constituent regions separated by hyphens. Permanent names will be proposed by the new regional councils and confirmed by the Conseil d'Etat by 1 July 2016.[3]

The interim name of the new administrative region is a hyphenated placename, composed of the historic regions of Auvergne + the Rhône River + the French Alps (Alpes).

Major communities

See also


  1. ^ "La carte à 13 régions définitivement adoptée" (in French).  
  2. ^ "Insee - Populations légales 2012 - Populations légales 2012 des régions".  
  3. ^ Quel nom pour la nouvelle région ? Vous avez choisi..., Sud-Ouest, 4 December 2014, accessed 2 January 2015

External links

  • Merger of the regions - France 3
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