Drôme

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Drôme (Droma in Occitan, Drôma in Arpitan), a department in southeastern France, takes its name from the Drôme River.

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History

The French National Constituent Assembly set up Drôme as one of the original 83 departments of France on March 4, 1790, during the French Revolution. The territory formed part of the former French province of Dauphiné.

Geography

Drôme lies within the current region of Rhône-Alpes (Rôno-Arpes) and is surrounded by the departments of Ardèche, Isère, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, and Vaucluse.

The boundaries of the department have changed several times with the incorporation of the Comtat Venaissin in 1792 and the creation of the department of Vaucluse in 1793. Drôme surrounds an enclave of the department of Vaucluse, the Canton of Valréas (Enclave des Papes).

Economy

Drôme has one of the fastest growing industrial sectors in France. It is very diversified, including plastics, large machinery, packaging, food processing, and high tech.

The economic heart of the department is situated in the west, next to the Rhone.

Politics

The President of the General Council is Didier Guillaume of the Socialist Party.

Demographics

The inhabitants of the department are called Drômois.

Main cities

(1999 figures)

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