Metropolitan France

Metropolitan France (French: France métropolitaine or la Métropole), also known as European France, is the area of the French Republic which is geographically in Europe. This collective name for the European regions of France is used in everyday life in France but has no administrative meaning. Indeed, the overseas regions have exactly the same administrative status as the metropolitan regions. Metropolitan France comprises mainland France and Corsica, as well as nearby islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel (French: la Manche) and the Mediterranean Sea.

Metropolitan France

In contrast, overseas France is the collective name for all the French territories outside Europe. Metropolitan and overseas France together form the French Republic. Metropolitan France accounts for 82.0% of the land territory, 3.3% of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), and 95.9% of the population of the French Republic. Some small parts of France (as example the Cerdagne) are part of the Iberian Peninsula.

In overseas France, a person from metropolitan France is often called a métro, short for métropolitain.