Rhône (depairtment)

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Coat of arms
Location o Rhône in Fraunce
Coordinates: 45°50′N 04°40′E / 45.833°N 4.667°E / 45.833; 4.667
Kintra France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Prefectur Lyon
Subprefectures Villefranche-
 • Preses o the General Copncil Michel Mercier (Centrist)
 • Tot 3,249 km2 (1,254 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Tot 1,677,073
 • Rank 4t
 • Density 520/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Depairtment number 69
Arrondissements 2
Cantons 54
Communes 293
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, an lakes, ponds, an glaciers lairger than 1 km2

Rhône (French pronunciation: [ʁon]; Franco-Provençal : Rôno) is a French depairtment locatit in the central Eastren region o Rhône-Alpes. It is namit efter the Rhône River.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Rhône depairtment wis creatit on 12 August 1793 when the umwhile département o Rhône-et-Loire wis split intae twa depairtments: Rhône an Loire.

Oreeginally, the eastren border o Rhône wis the ceety o Lyon itsel, so that the communes immediately east o Lyon belangit tae neighborin depairtment. Wi the growth o Lyon an the spillin o the urban aurie ower the suburban communes o Lyon, the limits o the depairtment wur judged impractical as they left the suburbs o Lyon ootside o Rhône . Thus, Rhône wis enlairged several times tae incorporate intae it the suburbs o Lyon frae neighborin depairtment:

  • In 1852, 4 communes frae Isère wur incorporatit intae Rhône.
  • In 1967, 23 communes o Isère and 6 communes o Ain wur incorporatit intae Rhône.
  • In 1971, 1 commune frae Isère wis incorporatit intae Rhône.

Wi these enlairgements, the aurie o the Rhône depairtment increased frae 2,791 km² tae the current 3,249 km² (16.4% lairger). At the 1999 French census, the oreeginal Rhône depairtment wad hae haed anerlie 1,071,288 inhabitants, which means that the population in the territories addit in the last twa centuries wis 507,581 inhabitants in 1999.

Geography[eedit | eedit soorce]

Rivers include the Rhône an the Saône (which joins the Rhône in Lyon).

The neighborin depairtments are Ain, Isère, Loire an Saône-et-Loire.

Ower 75% o the population lives athin the Lyon metropolitan aurie. Apairt frae Villefranche-sur-Saône, the lairgest ceeties o the Rhône depairtment are aw pairt o the Urban Community o Lyon|Lyon metropolitan aurie (1999 census):

Politics[eedit | eedit soorce]

The President of the General Council is the independent centrist Senator Michel Mercier, who leads a coalition between centrists and the local UMP, led by Dominique Perben.

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