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Cher
Coat of Arms of Cher
Location
Location of Cher in France
Administration
Department number: 18
Region: Centre
Prefecture: Bourges
Subprefectures: Saint-Amand-Montrond
Vierzon
Arrondissements: 3
Cantons: 35
Communes: 290
President of the General Council: Alain Rafesthain
PS
Statistics
Population Ranked 70th
 -1999 314,428
Population density: 43/km2
Land area¹: 7235 km2
¹ French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2.

Cher (Occitan: Char) is an administrative department located in the centre of France. It is named after the Cher River.

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History

Cher is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from part of the former province of Berry.

Geography

The department is part of the current administrative region of Centre (Val de Loire). It is surrounded by the departments of Indre, Loir-et-Cher, Loiret, Nièvre, Allier, and Creuse.

Demographics

The inhabitants of the department are called Berrichons from the former province of Berry.

Politics

The President of the General Council is Alain Rafesthain of the Socialist Party.

Party seats
Union for a Popular Movement 10
Socialist Party 9
French Communist Party 7
Miscellaneous Right 5
Miscellaneous Left 4

Tourism

The Bourges Cathedral of St. Étienne is a major tourist attraction.

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Coordinates: 47°00′N 02°35′E / 47°N 2.583°E / 47; 2.583

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