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Île de France shieldÎle de France

(ēl´de-fräNs´) (pron: eel-deh-frawnz)

Capital: Paris (star on map) (pron: pare-iss)
France (original state): 987

Pays de-France became the nucleus of the crown lands when Hugh Capet, Count of Paris, became the French king.  The name was changed to Île de France in 1387.

Île de France provincial map