A new name for a French region: Hauts-de-France

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The important news of the day is the new name chosen for the French region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie.


It was announced this very morning that the newly created region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie had a new name: Hauts-de-France. The new name was preferred over Terres-du-Nord and Nord-de-France. The Hauts-de-France region was created on the 1st January 2016 with the amalgamation of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy regions.

Hauts-de-France Map © French Moments

Hauts-de-France Map © French Moments

The new name will be confirmed by the Government and the Conseil d’État before October this year. The region is home to almost 6 million people, making it France’s third most populous region. The Hauts-de-France includes 5 départements (Aisne, Nord, Oise, Pas-de-Calais, Somme) and 3,838 communes including large cities such as Lille, Amiens, Roubaix, Dunkirk, Tourcoing, Lens, Douai, Valenciennes, Calais, Maubeuge, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Saint-Quentin, Beauvais and Béthune.

Squares of Arras from above © Pir6mon - licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Squares of Arras from above © Pir6mon – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

The Hauts-de-France region includes some of France’s beautiful sites such as the belfries of Flanders listed by Unesco, the old town centres of Lille, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Bergues and Cassel, the cathedrals of Amiens, Laon, Senlis and Beauvais, the castles of Compiègne, Pierrefonds and Chantilly.

The chateau of Chantilly seen from the gardens © French Moments

The chateau of Chantilly seen from the gardens © French Moments

The next region to announce its new name towards the end of April: Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine which will have to choose between Acalie, Rhin-Champagne, Nouvelle Austrasie or Grand-Est.


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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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