|Subprefectures|| Châtellerault |
|• President of the General Council||Claude Bertaud|
|• Total||6,990 km2 (2,700 sq mi)|
|• Density||63/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2|
Vienne (French pronunciation: [vjɛn] ( listen ); Poitevin-Saintongeais: Viéne) is a landlocked department in the French region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. It takes its name from the river Vienne.
Established on March 4, 1790, during the French Revolution, Vienne is one of the original 83 departments. It was created from parts of the former provinces of Poitou, Touraine, and Berry, the latter being a part of the Duchy of Aquitaine until the 15th century.
The original Acadians, who settled in and around what is now Nova Scotia, left Vienne for North America after 1604. Kennedy (2014) argues that the emigrants carried to Canada their customs and social structure. They were frontier peoples, who dispersed their settlements based on kinship. They optimized use of farmland and emphasized trading for a profit. They were hierarchical and politically active.
Édith Cresson, France's first woman Prime Minister from 1991-1992, was a deputy (MP) for the department.
It has three arrondissements : Poitiers, the prefecture, and the subprefectures Châtellerault and Montmorillon.
|Vienne's 1st constituency||Jacques Savatier||La République En Marche!|
|Vienne's 2nd constituency||Sacha Houlié||La République En Marche!|
|Vienne's 3rd constituency||Jean-Michel Clément||La République En Marche!|
|Vienne's 4th constituency||Nicolas Turquois||MoDem|
Population development since 1801:
The capital, Poitiers, is the see of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Poitiers, which pastorally serves the department.
The most famous tourist sites include the Futuroscope theme park, Poitiers (city of Art and History), the Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, a UNESCO world heritage site, the animal parks of Monkey's Valley in Romagne and the Crocodile Planet in Civaux.
Goat cheese making is an important industry of Vienne.
Vienne has a partnership relationship with:
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The arrondissement of Poitiers is an arrondissement of France in the Vienne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It has 83 communes. Its population is 259,699 (2016), and its area is 2,131.5 km2 (823.0 sq mi).
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Alain Claeys is a French politician. He is a member of the Socialist Party, former Mayor of Poitiers (2008-2020) and a former member of the National Assembly of France for the first constituency of the Vienne department (1997-2017). He sits in the Socialist, Radical, Citizen and Miscellaneous Left group in the National Assembly.
The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Poitiers, France.
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