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Coat of Arms of Indre
Location of Indre in France
Department number: 36
Region: Centre
Prefecture: Châteauroux
Subprefectures: Le Blanc
La Châtre
Arrondissements: 4
Cantons: 26
Communes: 247
President of the General Council: Louis Pinton
Population Ranked 81st
 -1999 231,139
Population density: 34/km2
Land area¹: 6791 km2
¹ French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2.

Indre is a department in the center of France named after the Indre River. The inhabitants of the department are called Indriens.



Indre 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.


Indre is part of the current region of Centre (Val de Loire) and is surrounded by the departments of Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, Cher, Creuse, and Vienne.


The President of the General Council is Louis Pinton of the Union for a Popular Movement.

Party seats
Miscellaneous Right 9
Union for a Popular Movement 8
Socialist Party 7
New Centre 2


The Indre has two villages classified among the most beautiful villages of France: Saint-Benoît-du-Sault and Gargilesse-Dampierre.

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Coordinates: 46°46′N 01°36′E / 46.767°N 1.6°E / 46.767; 1.6


1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

INDRE, a department of central France, formed in 1790 from parts of the old provinces of Berry, Orleanais, Marche and Touraine. Pop. (1906) 290,216, Area 2666 sq. m. It is bounded N. by the department of Loir-et-Cher, E. by Cher, S. by Creuse and Haute-Vienne, S.W. by Vienne and N.W. by Indre-et-Loire. It takes its name from the river Indre, which flows through it. The surface forms a vast plateau divided into three districts, the Boischaut, Champagne and Brenne. The Boischaut is a large well-wooded plain comprising seven-tenths of the entire area and covering the south, east and centre of the department. The Champagne, a monotonous but fertile district in the north, produces abundant cereal crops, and affords excellent pasturage for large numbers of sheep, celebrated for the fineness of their wool. The Brenne, which occupies the west of the department, was formerly marshy and unhealthy, but draining and afforestation have brought about considerable improvement.

The department is divided into the arrondissements of Chateauroux, Le Blanc, La Châtre and Issoudun, with 23 cantons and 245 communes. At Neuvy-St-Sepulchre there is a circular church of the th century, to which a nave was added in the 12th century, and at Mezieres-en-Brenne there is an interesting church of the 14th century. At Levroux there is a fine church of the 13th century and the remains of a feudal fortress, and there is a magnificent château in the Renaissance style at Valengay.

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