France redraws regional boundaries in great map revolution

The number of French regions is to be cut from 22 to 14 in a reform that looks set to attract strong opposition on both the Left and Right.

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It takes a brave person to meddle with the map of France. Napoleon had a tinker with it in the early 1800s, reducing the number of small "communes", but even he stopped short of a wide-ranging administrative overhaul, reports The Guardian.