Regional councils of France

Regional councils of France

A regional council ( _fr. conseil régional) is the elected assembly of a region of France.

Regional councils were created by law on 5 July 1972. Originally they were simply consultative bodies consisting of the region's parliamentary representatives plus members nominated by the departments and important municipalities. The decentralisation programme of 1982-1983 transferred some state functions to the regional council. The status of the region and its council was laid down in 1986.

Since 1986 the regional council has been directly elected, councillors being elected by département and serving a mandate of 6 years.

The council is chaired by the President of the regional council.

List of councils

*Alsace Regional Council
*Bretagne Regional Council

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