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Prefecture gardens of the Maine-et-Loire department, in Angers
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Location of Maine-et-Loire in France
Coordinates: 47°27′N0°36′W / 47.450°N 0.600°W / 47.450; -0.600 Coordinates: 47°27′N0°36′W / 47.450°N 0.600°W / 47.450; -0.600
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Prefecture Angers
Subprefectures Cholet
   President of the General Council Christophe Béchu (UMP)
  Total7,107 km2 (2,744 sq mi)
  Rank 27th
  Density110/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Department number 49
Arrondissements 4
Cantons 21
Communes 177
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Maine-et-Loire (French pronunciation:  [mɛn.e.lwaʁ] ) is a department of the Loire Valley in west-central France, in the Pays de la Loire region. [1]



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 Marc 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.


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.


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.
source: [3]


Current National Assembly Representatives

ConstituencyMember [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


Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Anjou traditions

Angers and around:

Saumur and around:

Cholet and around:

Segré and around:

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Château dAngers dAngers castle

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The Abbey of Saint-Florent de Saumur, Saumur Les Saint-Florent or Saint-Florent-le-Jeune is a Benedictine abbey in Anjou founded in the 11th century near Saumur, France. It is the successor of the abbey of Saint-Florent Old or Mont Glonne which was abandoned by its monks during raids of the Vikings.

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