Indre
—  Department  —
Prefecture building of the Indre department, in Châteauroux

Coat of arms
Location of Indre in France
Coordinates: 46°46′N 1°36′E / 46.767, 1.6Coordinates: 46°46′N 1°36′E / 46.767, 1.6
Country France
Region Centre
Prefecture Châteauroux
Subprefectures Le Blanc
La Châtre
Issoudun
Government
 • President of the General Council Louis Pinton
Area1
 • Total 6,791 km2 (2,622 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Total 231,139
 • Rank 81st
 • Density 34/km2 (88/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 36
Arrondissements 4
Cantons 26
Communes 247
^1  French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Indre (French pronunciation: [ɛ̃dʁ]) is a department in the centre of France named after the river Indre. The inhabitants of the department are called Indriens.

History[edit | edit source]

Indre is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. It was created from part of the former province of Berry.

Geography[edit | edit source]

Indre is part of the current region of Centre (Val de Loire) and is surrounded by the departments of Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, Cher, Creuse, Vienne, and Haute-Vienne.

Politics[edit | edit source]

The President of the General Council is Louis Pinton of the Union for a Popular Movement.

Party seats
Miscellaneous Right 9
Union for a Popular Movement 8
Socialist Party 7
New Centre 2

Tourism[edit | edit source]

The Indre has two villages classified among the most beautiful villages of France: Saint-Benoît-du-Sault and Gargilesse-Dampierre.

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