Cholet (French: [ʃɔlɛ] (About this soundlisten), local pronunciation: [ʃɔ(ː)ɫe], probably from Latin cauletum, "cabbage") is a commune of western France in the Maine-et-Loire department. It was the capital of military Vendée.

Coat of arms of Cholet
Coat of arms
Location of Cholet
Cholet is located in France
Cholet is located in Pays de la Loire
Coordinates: 47°03′36″N 0°52′42″W / 47.060000°N 0.8783°W / 47.060000; -0.8783Coordinates: 47°03′36″N 0°52′42″W / 47.060000°N 0.8783°W / 47.060000; -0.8783
RegionPays de la Loire
CantonCholet-1 and 2
IntercommunalityCA Choletais
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Gilles Bourdouleix (CNIP)
87.47 km2 (33.77 sq mi)
 • Density620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
49099 /49300
Elevation63–184 m (207–604 ft)
(avg. 124 m or 407 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.


In 1906 the population was 16,554, and 54,632 in 2006.


Cholet stands on an eminence on the right bank of the Moine, which used to be crossed by a bridge from the fifteenth century. It is about 50 km southeast of Nantes.


The town owes the rise of its prosperity to the settlement of weavers there by Édouard Charles Victurnien Colbert [Wikidata], count of Maulévrier, a brother of the great Jean-Baptiste Colbert. It then became an estate of Gabriel-François de Rougé [Wikidata] and marquess of Cholet, who developed the town and its economy. The main commercial mall being built this year[when?] is named after him: The "Arcades Rougé".

During the early years of the French revolutionary wars, the town found itself at the heart of the counter-revolutionary struggle in the Vendée, culminating in October 1793 with the Battle of Cholet which was won by the republicans and followed by a period of brutal government repression.

According to the Jan. 10th 1885 edition of Corbett's Herald, a temporary theatre had collapsed on an audience of 1000, causing 150 fatalities.


The Jardin du Mail

A public garden occupies the site of the old castle; the public buildings and churches, for example the Church of the Sacred Heart (église du Sacré-Cœur, 1939), are modern. The Church of the Sacred Heart is in the Byzantine Romanesque style and was the work of the local architect Maurice Laurentin.[2] The Church of Our Lady (église Notre-Dame) is listed as a "monument historique"[3]

Megalithic monuments are numerous in the neighborhood.[citation needed]

The church of Our Lady

A textile museum (Musée du Textile) exists to conserve the traditional machines used to create the famous handkerchiefs made in this town, as well as the techniques used to make them and the oral and local history associated with the industry.


There are granite quarries in the vicinity of the town. The chief industry is the manufacture of linen and linen handkerchiefs, which is also carried on in the neighboring communes on a large scale. Woolen and cotton fabrics are also produced, and bleaching and the manufacture of preserved foods are carried on. Cholet is the most important center in France for the sale of fat cattle, sheep and pigs, for which Paris is the chief market.


Cholet Aérodrome serves Cholet. The Gare de Cholet railway station offers regional services towards Nantes and Angers.



SO Cholet is based in the commune as is Cholet Basket.

Cholet hosted Stage 4 (Individual Time Trial) and was the departure of Stage 5 in the 2008 Tour de France. It was scheduled to host a Team Time Trial stage in the 2018 Tour de France and Stage 3 of the 2018 Tour de France started and finished in Cholet.

Twin towns - sister citiesEdit

Cholet is twinned with:[4]

Notable peopleEdit

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  • INSEE commune file
  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Cholet". Encyclopædia Britannica. 6 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 267.
  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ Augustin Jeanneau, Cholet et les Choletais après la belle époque, Cholet: Les Éditions du Choletais, 1974; p. 167
  3. ^ Direction de la communication de la ville de Cholet, "Programme de réhabilitation des édifices cultuels", Cholet mag (261, October 2012): 8
  4. ^ "Europe et International". (in French). Cholet. Retrieved 2019-11-20.

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