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département
Pronunciation: / depaʀtəmɑ̃ /

Cultural Note: Département

An administrative unit (of which there are 96 in Metropolitan France) based on a division dating from the Revolutionary period. Most are named after rivers or mountains within their border. The main town is the seat of the préfet, and is often called the préfecture. Each département has a number and this appears as the first two digits in postcodes for addresses within the département and as the two-digit number at the end of registration numbers on motor vehicles.

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