Ever since Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced a plan to cut the number of French regions in half the French press have had their pencils and colouring pens out desperately trying to come up a new map of France.
Whether its exapanding Brittany, merging the two Normandies, extending Grand Paris or creating one big Mediterranean Arc, every option under the sun appears to have been explored.
Here's the attempt from Le Figaro:
And here's the future map of France put together by Slate.fr's expert geographer.
The prize for the most effort must go to Liberation newspaper which looked at various possibilities of how France could be divided up in the future. Their first one is based on creating 11 French regions of equal size.
And this one is France divided equally in terms of population.
And here's France divided into regions based on its regional languages.
As you can see quite a bit of has gone into looking into the future. But by Friday all those drawings and redesigns of maps were redundant when the Challenges.fr website claimed to have got its hands on the top secret map, that the government have been working on. It features 12 regions and "is on Manuel Valls desk", Challenges.fr writes.
"The aimis to create comparable regions in terms of population and wealth, without 'butchering' existing entities," a source close to the issue told Challenges.
Whereas Île-de-France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Corsica will remain in tact, there will be five fusions: Burgundy and Franche-Comté, Picardie and Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Lover Normandy and Upper Normandy, Languedoc-Rousollon and Midi-Pyrénées and the Auvergne with Rhône-Alpes. Then Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardennes will come together to form one region as will Poitou-Charentes, l’Aquitaine and Limousin. The current Pays-de-la-Loire will be divided up and see and an extended Brittany.
So here it is. The future map of France. What do you think?