Lorraine is one of
the 26 régions of France. The administrative region has two
cities of equal importance, Metz and Nancy. Metz is
considered to be the official capital since that is where
the regional parliament is situated. The region's name is
derived from the medieval Lotharingia.
The region consists of four departments: Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle and Vosges and contains 2,337 communes.