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Centre-Val de Loire

Centre-Val de Loire
Region of France
Official logo of Centre-Val de Loire
Country  France
Prefecture Orléans
 • President François Bonneau (PS)
 • Total 39,151 km2 (15,116 sq mi)
Population (2008-01-01)
 • Total 2,538,000
 • Density 65/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code FR-F
GDP (2012)[1] Ranked 9th
Total €67.1 billion (US$86.3 bn)
Per capita €26,126 (US$33,603)
NUTS Region FR2
Website .fr.regioncentrewww

Centre-Val de Loire (French pronunciation: ​), French for Centre-Loire valley, is one of the 27 regions of France. It straddles the middle Loire Valley and in the interior of the country. The administrative capital is Orléans, but the largest city is Tours.


  • Naming and etymology 1
  • Largest cities 2
  • Economy 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Naming and etymology

Forest in Eure-et-Loir, Centre
Logo used prior to 2015

Like many contemporary regions of France, the Region of Centre was created from parts of several historical provinces. 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 [2] Val de Loire is associated with positive images of the Loire Valley, such as the châteaux, the gentle and refined lifestyle, wine, and the mild and temperate climate, all of which attract many tourists to the region. A new logo was also created.

Largest cities

Pont Wilson, Tours


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.

See also


  1. ^  
  2. ^ of 17 January 2015"Journal officiel". Légifrance (in French). 2015-01-17. Retrieved 2015-03-10. 

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official website
  • Centre : on the road of the châteaux - Official French website (in English)
  • Centre at DMOZ
  • Website of the agency for promotion and economic development of the Centre / Loire Valley region
  • About-France - overview of the region and main attractions
  • Experience Loire - information on the region and its departments

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