Centre (French region)
|Region o Fraunce|
|• Preses||François Bonneau (PS)|
|• Total||39,151 km2 (15,116 sq mi)|
|• Density||65/km2 (170/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|GDP/ Nominal||€ 63 billion (2006)|
|GDP per capita||€ 25,200 (2006)|
Centre (French pronunciation: [sɑ̃tʁ]) is ane o the 27 regions o Fraunce, locatit towards the northwest o the actual centre o the kintra, aroond the Loire Valley. Its caipital is Orléans, although its lairgest ceety is Tours.
The main featur o Centre is the Loire Valley. It includes the rich, fertile valleys o the Loire River an its tributaries: Cher, Indre, Loiret, etc. Centre contains the famous châteaux o the Loire Valley, which attract mony tourists tae the region. The climate o the region is essentially oceanic.
The name Centre wis chosen bi the French central govrenment based purely on geography, as Centre is composed o too mony historical provinces tae uise a historical name. Housomeivver, Centre is no in the geographical centre o Fraunce, an the name haes been criticized as being owerly dull an nondescript.
It haes been proposed tae rename the region Val de Loire (i.e. "Valley o the Loire") or an aw "Coeur de Loire" (i.e. "Hert o Loire), which wad give mair character tae the name o the region. Val de Loire is a name associatit wi positive images o the Loire Valley, such as the chateaux, the gentle an refined lifestyle, wine, the mild an temperate climate. The name chynge haes no yet been adoptit, but the term is sometimes juxtaposed wi the region's name, as in Centre - Val de Loire.
- "GDP per inhabitant in 2006 ranged from 25% of the EU27 average in Nord-Est in Romania to 336% in Inner London". Eurostat.
See an aw
Media relatit tae Centre at Wikimedie Commons
- Région Centre Offeecial wabsteid
- (Inglis) Centre at the Open Directory Project
- The Centre region of France Overview of the region and main attractions
- Centre Val de Loire region of France Information on the region and its departments