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|• Total||72,724 km2 (28,079 sq mi)|
|• Density||79/km2 (210/sq mi)|
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The modern administrative region is named after the cultural and historical region of
The new region covers an area of more than 72,724 km2 (28,079 sq mi) with a population of 5,626,858. It borders
Enacted in 2014, the territorial reform of the regions had been subject to debate for many years. On June 24th 2016, the regional assembly of Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées adopted Occitanie after a lengthy public consultation.
The regional assembly resolution distressed the circa 450,000 French Catalans (or Catalans of the North, as they mostly call themselves) living in the region, and who regarded the new name as ignoring their presence. On September 10th 2016, about 10,000 people (according to organizers - the police stated they number as 7,800) demonstrated in Perpignan, demanding that the merged region name contained the words Pays Catalan (Catalan land).
The provisional name of the region was withdrawn on September 30th 2016, when the new name of the region took effect.