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Centre-Val de Loire (French pronunciation: ​[sɑ̃tʁ]) is ane o the 18 regions o Fraunce, locatit towards the northwest o the actual centre o the kintra, aroond the Loire Valley, the Val-de-Loire. Its caipital is Orléans, although its lairgest ceety is Tours.

Centre-Val de Loire
Region o Fraunce
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Kintra  Fraunce
Prefectur Orléans
 • Preses François Bonneau (PS)
 • Total 39,151 km2 (15,116 sq mi)
Population (2008-01-01)
 • Tot 2,538,000
 • Density 65/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Simmer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
GDP (2006)[1] Rankit {{{GDP_rank}}}
Tot €63 billion (US${{{GDP_US$}}} bn)
Per capita €25,200 (US${{{GDP_per_capita_US$}}})
NUTS Region FR2


The main featur o Centre is the Loire Valley. It includes the rich, fertile valleys o the Loire River an its tributaries: Cher, Indre, Loiret, etc. Centre contains the famous châteaux o the Loire Valley, which attract mony tourists tae the region. The climate o the region is essentially oceanic.


Forest in Eure-et-Loir, Centre

The name Centre wis chosen bi the French central govrenment based purely on geography, as Centre is composed o ower mony historical provinces tae uise a historical name. Housomeivver, Centre is no in the geographical centre o Fraunce, an the name haes been criticized as being owerly dull an nondescript.

It haes been proposed tae rename the region Val de Loire (i.e. "Valley o the Loire") or an aw "Coeur de Loire" (i.e. "Hert o Loire), which wad give mair character tae the name o the region. Val de Loire is a name associatit wi positive images o the Loire Valley, such as the chateaux, the gentle an refined lifestyle, wine, the mild an temperate climate. The name chynge haes been adoptit.

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Coordinates: 47°30′N 1°45′E / 47.500°N 1.750°E / 47.500; 1.750