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Ile de France? It's not a island, so why ?

The name "Ile de France", which designs how the whole Paris region is known as,puzzle more than one person.
The sea is so far, the region is not on a lake, so why "Ile" ?

The name first appears in 1387, replacing the former name 'Pays de France'.
It seems that 'Ile' refered to the region's (delimited by the rivers Oise, Seine, Marne, Ourc) shape and corresponded to what was France then.

The region got some different names since (as the country changed) but was officially renamed Ile de France in 1976.

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  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Je n'avais jamais eu la curiosité de pousser la porte de l'Église Saint Eustache! Merci de ma l'avoir ouverte!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2006 at 3:10 AM

    On my last visit I learned that the people who live in the Île de France are called "franciliens". (Is this true? The word is not in my dictionary.)

  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2005 at 11:22 AM

    I've always wondered about the name Ile de France - now I know!

  • Maillekeukeul's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2005 at 3:46 AM

    Je sens qu'on est sur la meme longueur d'onde...

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2005 at 9:20 AM

    What a really peculiar building.

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