Poitou-Charentes is an administrative region in central western France comprising four departments: Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sevres and Vienne. The regional capital is Poitiers. The regional council is composed of 56 members. The region is the home of France's losing presidential candidate Socialist Segolene Royal in the election of 2007.
In French its residents are known as Picto-Charentais. In area it ranked 12th in size. Three regional languages, Poitevin, Saintongeais and Limousin are spoken by a minority of people in the region.oitou is believed to be the region of origin of most of the Acadian and Cajun populations of North America (settlements founded in New Brunswick, Louisiana, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec, Maine and Newfoundland). Their ancestors emigrated from the region in the 17th and 18th centuries.