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Region of France
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region locator map.svg
Country  France
Prefecture Lyon
 • President Laurent Wauquiez (The Republicans)
 • Total 69,711 km2 (26,916 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 7,695,264
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a new region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014; it resulted from the merger of Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes. The new region came into effect on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015.[1]

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a provisional name, created by hyphenating the merged regions in alphabetical order; its regional council must approve a new name for the region by 1 July 2016; a name must be approved by France's Conseil d'État by 1 October 2016.[2]

The region covers an area of more than 69,711 km2 (26,916 sq mi) with a population of 7,695,264.[3]


The text of the law gives interim names for most of the merged regions, combining the names of their constituent regions separated by hyphens. Permanent names will be proposed by the new regional councils and confirmed by the Conseil d'État by 1 October 2016.[2]

The interim name of the new administrative region is a hyphenated placename, composed of the historic regions of Auvergne + the river Rhône + the French Alps (Alpes).

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  1. "La carte à 13 régions définitivement adoptée" (in French). Le Monde. Agence France-Presse. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2015.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Loi n° 2015-29 du 16 janvier 2015 relative à la délimitation des régions, aux élections régionales et départementales et modifiant le calendrier électoral (in French)
  3. "Insee - Populations légales 2012 - Populations légales 2012 des régions". Insee. Retrieved 16 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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