Maine-et-Loire

Maine-et-Loire (French pronunciation: ​[mɛn.e.lwaʁ]) is a department in the Loire Valley in the Pays de la Loire region in Western France. Its prefecture is Angers; its subprefectures are Cholet, Saumur and Segré-en-Anjou Bleu. Maine-et-Loire had a population of 810,934 in 2016.[1]

Maine-et-Loire
Prefecture gardens in Angers
Prefecture gardens in Angers
Flag of Maine-et-Loire
Flag
Coat of arms of Maine-et-Loire
Coat of arms
Location of Maine-et-Loire in France
Location of Maine-et-Loire in France
Coordinates: 47°27′N 0°36′W / 47.450°N 0.600°W / 47.450; -0.600Coordinates: 47°27′N 0°36′W / 47.450°N 0.600°W / 47.450; -0.600
CountryFrance
RegionPays de la Loire
PrefectureAngers
SubprefecturesCholet
Saumur
Segré-en-Anjou Bleu
Government
 • President of the Departmental CouncilChristian Gillet (DVD)
Area
 • Total7,107 km2 (2,744 sq mi)
Population
 (2016)
 • Total810,934
 • Rank27th
 • Density110/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Department number49
Arrondissements4
Cantons21
Communes177
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries and lakes, ponds and glaciers larger than 1 km2

HistoryEdit

See also: Anjou and History of Maine-et-Loire [fr]

Maine-et-Loire is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. Originally it was called Mayenne-et-Loire, but its name was changed to Maine-et-Loire in 1791. It was created from most of the former province of Anjou. Its present name is drawn from the Maine and Loire Rivers, which meet within the department.

GeographyEdit

Maine-et-Loire is part of the current region of Pays de la Loire and is surrounded by the departments of Ille-et-Vilaine, Mayenne, Sarthe, Indre-et-Loire, Vienne, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée, and Loire-Atlantique. The principal city is Angers.

It has a varied landscape, with forested ranges of hills in the south and north separated by the valley of the Loire. The highest point is Colline des Gardes at 210 m (690 ft).

The area has many navigable rivers such as the Loire, Sarthe, Mayenne, Loir, and Authion.

DemographicsEdit

The inhabitants of Maine-et-Loire have no official qualifier. They are sometimes known as Angevins, from the former province of Anjou, or Mainéligériens, from the name of the département.[2]

Population development since 1801:

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1801375,544—    
1806404,134+1.48%
1821442,859+0.61%
1831467,871+0.55%
1841488,472+0.43%
1851515,452+0.54%
1861526,012+0.20%
1872518,471−0.13%
1881523,491+0.11%
1891518,589−0.09%
1901514,658−0.08%
1911508,149−0.13%
1921474,786−0.68%
1931475,991+0.03%
1936477,690+0.07%
1946496,068+0.38%
1954518,241+0.55%
1962556,272+0.89%
1968584,704+0.83%
1975629,849+1.07%
1982675,321+1.00%
1990705,882+0.55%
1999733,813+0.43%
2006766,659+0.63%
2011790,343+0.61%
2016810,934+0.52%
source:[3]

PoliticsEdit

Current National Assembly RepresentativesEdit

Constituency Member[4] Party
Maine-et-Loire's 1st constituency Matthieu Orphelin La République En Marche!
Maine-et-Loire's 2nd constituency Stella Dupont La République En Marche!
Maine-et-Loire's 3rd constituency Jean-Charles Taugourdeau The Republicans
Maine-et-Loire's 4th constituency Laëtitia Saint-Paul La République En Marche!
Maine-et-Loire's 5th constituency Denis Masséglia La République En Marche!
Maine-et-Loire's 6th constituency Nicole Dubré-Chirat La République En Marche!
Maine-et-Loire's 7th constituency Philippe Bolo MoDem


TourismEdit

Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Anjou traditions

  • The largest vineyard of the Loire Valley.
  • The boule de fort, the traditional boules game in Anjou

Angers and around:

Saumur and around:

Cholet and around:

Segré and around:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes". whc.unesco.org. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  2. ^ "Vous voulez vous appeler Angevin ou Mainoligérien ? Dernier jour pour voter !". ouest-france.fr. Ouest France. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  3. ^ Site sur la Population et les Limites Administratives de la France
  4. ^ http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/
  5. ^ "Château de Montsoreau-Contemporary Art Museum - Les Châteaux de la Loire". Les Châteaux de la Loire. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  6. ^ "Visit Chateau de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art on your trip to Montsoreau". www.inspirock.com. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  7. ^ "Practical Information". Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art. Archived from the original on 2019-03-21. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  8. ^ "Snapshots of the Loire The Montsoreau flea market". TVMONDE. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  9. ^ "Discover the World's 500 Best Flea Markets". Fleamapket. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  10. ^ "Largest Art & Language Collection Finds Home - artnet News". artnet News. 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  11. ^ "MACBA banks on History". Artinamericamagazine.com. 2011.
  12. ^ "Art & Language Uncompleted". macba.cat. 2014.

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