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Indre (département)

This article is about the French department. For other uses, see Indre (disambiguation).
Indre
Department
Prefecture building of the Indre department, in Châteauroux

Coat of arms

Location of Indre in France

Coordinates: 46°46′N 01°36′E / 46.767°N 1.600°E / 46.767; 1.600Coordinates: 46°46′N 01°36′E / 46.767°N 1.600°E / 46.767; 1.600

Country France
Region Centre
Prefecture Châteauroux
Subprefectures Le Blanc
La Châtre
Issoudun
Government
 • President of the General Council Louis Pinton
Area1
 • Total 6,791 km2 (2,622 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Total 231,139
 • Rank 81st
 • Density 34/km2 (88/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 36
Arrondissements 4
Cantons 26
Communes 247
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Indre (French pronunciation: ​[ɛ̃dʁ]) is a department in the centre of France named after the river Indre. The inhabitants of the department are called Indriens.

History

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.

Geography

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, Vienne, and Haute-Vienne.

Politics

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

Tourism

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

See also

External links

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  • (French) Prefecture website
  • (French) General Council website
  • (English) DMOZ
  • (French) http://www.indrenature.net/
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