On 17 January 2015, as part of the reorganization of French regions, this region's official name was confirmed as Centre - Val de Loire. It contains six départements.

A note on fluvial nomenclature !

There are three rivers in Centre-Val de Loire with similar names which will undoubtedly cause some of you (and me !) a little confusion. There are the Loire, the Loir and the Loiret. The Loiret is a short (about 7 miles) river which flows into the Loire south west of Orleans. The Loir is a tributary of the Sarthe which it joins at Briollay, just north of Angers.

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