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Overseas departments of France
France currently has five overseas departments (French: département d’outre-merScript error: No such module "Category handler".), which are departments (territorial divisions) that are outside the European part of the country. All are officially part of France, with the same political status as the departments in Europe; and are therefore different to overseas territories. They are also part of the European Union and use the Euro as currency. They are:
Since 2003, these departments are now officially called overseas regions (French: région d'outre-merScript error: No such module "Category handler".), but this name has yet to be widely adopted. Each region returns elected representatives to the Senate and National Assembly in Paris. A total of three members are elected to the European Parliament to represent overseas France, including overseas departments and overseas territories. Since 1974, these regions have had their own individual regional councils for local government.
| French Guiana
(French: GuyaneScript error: No such module "Category handler".)
|Cayenne||South America||19 March 1946||Parliamentary resolution|
(French: GuadeloupeScript error: No such module "Category handler".)
|Basse-Terre||Caribbean||19 March 1946||Parliamentary resolution|
(French: MartiniqueScript error: No such module "Category handler".)
|Fort-de-France||Caribbean||19 March 1946||Parliamentary resolution|
(French: MayotteScript error: No such module "Category handler".)
|Mamoudzou||Africa||31 March 2011||Referendum|
(French: La RéunionScript error: No such module "Category handler".)
|Saint-Denis||Africa||19 March 1946||Parliamentary resolution|
- "French Overseas Possessions - Overview". WorldTravelGuide.net. World Travel Guide. http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/94/country_guide/Europe/French-Overseas-Possessions.html. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
- "Country : France; Constituency : Outre-Mer". European Parliament. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members/public/geoSearch/search.do?country=FR&zone=Outre-Mer&language=EN. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
- (in French) Ministry of the overseas departments and territories
- (in French) History of France’s overseas administrative divisions Archived 2006-09-29 at the Wayback Machine