Time to brush up on your French Geography! Now, first of all, I should note that France consists of much more than just the land that the Eiffel Tower sits on.
Just as “the sun never sets on the British Empire”, France also had its own colonialist tendencies. At various points in history, the French had conquered lands stretching from Quebec and New Orleans, to Algeria, and to Indochine (Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia) and more.
Today that “Empire” may be diminished, but there are still many territories outside of what we call Mainland France. But not to worry, I won’t quiz you on them since even born-and-raised Frenchies will struggle to remember it all.
The country of France consists of:
- 12 regions in Mainland France:
- 1 territorial collectivity: Corsica.
These regions are subdivided into 96 departments, which are further divided into 332 arrondissements, which are further divided into over 35,000 communes.
In addition, there are:
- Five overseas regions (régions d’outre-mer):
- French Guiana
- Four overseas collectivities (collectivités d’outre-mer):
- Saint-Pierre and Miquelon
- Saint Barthélemy
- Saint Martin,
- Wallis and Futuna.
- One overseas “country” (pays d’outre-mer): French Polynesia.
- One sui generis collectivity (collectivité sui generis): New Caledonia
- One overseas territory (territoire d’outre-mer, or TOM): French Southern and Antarctic Lands divided into 5 districts:
- Kerguelen Islands
- Crozet Islands
- Île Amsterdam & Île Saint-Paul
- Adélie Land
- Scattered islands
- One uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico: Clipperton.
So with all that being said, let’s get to the fun stuff. Can you identify these famous attractions and monuments in France?
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