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Administrative divisions of France

(incl. overseas regions)

(incl. overseas departments)

Urban communities
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Others in Overseas France

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Overseas territory
Clipperton Island

Overseas region (French: Région d'outre-mer), is a recent designation given to the overseas departments which have similar powers to those of the regions of metropolitan France. They have had these powers since 1982, when France's decentralisation policy dictated that they be given elected regional councils along with other regional powers. It was not until the 2003 constitutional change that these regions are now to be called overseas regions; indeed the new wording of the Constitution aims to give no precedence to either appellation department or overseas region, though the second one is still virtually unused by French media.

The following have overseas region status:

The overseas territorial collectivity of Mayotte will attain this status in 2011.

Saint Pierre and Miquelon were once an overseas department, but were demoted to a territorial collectivity in 1985, before the French regions were created.

Powers

As integral parts of the French Republic, they are represented in the National Assembly, Senate and Economic and Social Council, elect a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), and also use the euro as their currency.

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