Administrative centre

An administrative centre is a seat of regional administration or local government, or a county town, or the place where the central administration of a commune is located.

Évian-les-Bains, administrative centre of the canton of Évian-les-Bains in Haute-Savoie, France

In countries with French as one of their administrative languages (such as Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland or many African countries) and in some other countries (such as Italy, compare cognate capoluogo), a chef-lieu (French pronunciation: [ʃɛfljø], plural form chefs-lieux, literally 'chief place' or 'head place'), is a town or city that is pre-eminent from an administrative perspective. The ‘f’ in chef-lieu is pronounced, in contrast to chef-d'œuvre where it is mute.