France is a country on the continent Europe, her capital is Paris. Here is the hierarchy of the France administrative divisions: France is subdivided into regions, that are at their turn subdivided into departments, that are at their turn subdivided into cantons, that are at their turn subdivided into communes, cities, that are at their turn subdivided into villages, called-places.
There are 28 Regions in France of which 22 situate in the Metropolitan France.
This administrative level corresponds to the Province in China, or
States in USA. The Department in France, in reallity, corresponds
in China approximatively to the size of a region city like Ningbo City
in the Zhejiang Province with several Chinese counties, or counties in USA.
The other 5 regions are oversea territories:
Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Reunion, Mayotte.
In China, each of 8 Regions groups several Provinces.
It's a geographical notion rather than a real administration level.
As shown in the table or on the map of regions of France, contrary to
that gives the image of France to the outside world,
there is no AOP or AOC wines around the country:
there are only 11 regions have the honor to cultivate this precious beverage.
Burgundy holds the gold medal in the number of quality wines.
If Aquitaine is the champion of great wines, the Loire Valley,
the Rhone-Alpes, Languedoc-Roussillon offers many specialties
of high quality.
Nourishing 65,350,000 people in January 2012 (INSEE
France has an area of 670,922 km², the 14th of that of China,
or 7 times of the Zhejiang POrovince who produces 70% of world garments,
of which 547,030 km² Metropolitan France in Western Europe.
By land area, it is the largest country of the European Union (EU).
It is the third largest country in Europe,
just after Russia and Ukraine, the second if you include the ultra-marine departments.
Finally it is the 41st largest country in the world and the second by its exclusive economic zone.
In hexagonal, its metropolitan territory covers continental approximately 1,000 km
from north to south and from east to west.
With the overseas, the extent of its coastline is 8,245 km.