Loire

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The Loire (Léger; Liger) is the longest river in France and the 171st longest in the world.wikipedia
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Rhône

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With a length of 1012 km, it drains an area of 117054 km2, or more than a fifth of France's land area, while its average discharge is only half that of the Rhône.
The Rhône (, ; Rhone ; ; Rodano ; Rôno ; Ròse ) is one of the major rivers of Europe and has twice the average discharge of the Loire (which is the longest French river), rising in the Rhône Glacier in the Swiss Alps at the far eastern end of the Swiss canton of Valais, passing through Lake Geneva and running through southeastern France.

Nantes

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It rises in the highlands of the southeastern quarter of the French Massif Central in the Cévennes range (in the department of Ardèche) at 1350 m near Mont Gerbier de Jonc; it flows north through Nevers to Orléans, then west through Tours and Nantes until it reaches the Bay of Biscay (Atlantic Ocean) at Saint-Nazaire.
Nantes (Gallo: Naunnt or Nantt ( or ); Naoned ) is a city in Loire-Atlantique on the Loire, 50 km from the Atlantic coast.

Orléans

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It rises in the highlands of the southeastern quarter of the French Massif Central in the Cévennes range (in the department of Ardèche) at 1350 m near Mont Gerbier de Jonc; it flows north through Nevers to Orléans, then west through Tours and Nantes until it reaches the Bay of Biscay (Atlantic Ocean) at Saint-Nazaire.
Orléans is located on the Loire River where the river curves south towards the Massif Central.

Haute-Loire

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The Loire gives its name to six departments: Loire, Haute-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Indre-et-Loire, Maine-et-Loire, and Saône-et-Loire.
Haute-Loire (Naut Léger) is a department in south-central France named after the Loire River.

Loire Valley (wine)

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Vineyards and châteaux are found along the banks of the river throughout this section and are a major tourist attraction.
The Loire Valley wine region includes the French wine regions situated along the Loire River from the Muscadet region near the city of Nantes on the Atlantic coast to the region of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé just southeast of the city of Orléans in north central France.

Loire (department)

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The Loire gives its name to six departments: Loire, Haute-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Indre-et-Loire, Maine-et-Loire, and Saône-et-Loire.
Loire (Lêre; Léger) is a department in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes occupying the River Loire's upper reaches.

Loire-Atlantique

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The Loire gives its name to six departments: Loire, Haute-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Indre-et-Loire, Maine-et-Loire, and Saône-et-Loire.
Loire-Atlantique (formerly Loire-Inférieure) is a department in Pays de la Loire on the west coast of France named after the Loire River and the Atlantic Ocean.

Indre-et-Loire

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The Loire gives its name to six departments: Loire, Haute-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Indre-et-Loire, Maine-et-Loire, and Saône-et-Loire.
Indre-et-Loire is a department in west-central France named after the Indre and the Loire rivers.

Saône-et-Loire

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The Loire gives its name to six departments: Loire, Haute-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Indre-et-Loire, Maine-et-Loire, and Saône-et-Loire.
Saône-et-Loire (Arpitan: Sona-et-Lêre) is a French department, named after the Saône and the Loire rivers between which it lies.

Maine-et-Loire

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The Loire gives its name to six departments: Loire, Haute-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Indre-et-Loire, Maine-et-Loire, and Saône-et-Loire.
Its present name is drawn from the Maine and Loire Rivers, which meet within the department.

Maine (river)

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Its main tributaries include the rivers Nièvre, Maine and the Erdre on its right bank, and the rivers Allier, Cher, Indre, Vienne, and the Sèvre Nantaise on the left bank. Today the river is officially navigable as far as Bouchemaine, where the Maine joins it near Angers.
The Maine is a river, a tributary of the Loire, 11.5 km long, in the Maine-et-Loire département in France.

Nevers

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It rises in the highlands of the southeastern quarter of the French Massif Central in the Cévennes range (in the department of Ardèche) at 1350 m near Mont Gerbier de Jonc; it flows north through Nevers to Orléans, then west through Tours and Nantes until it reaches the Bay of Biscay (Atlantic Ocean) at Saint-Nazaire.
Nevers is situated on the slope of a hill on the right bank of the Loire River.

Sèvre Nantaise

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Its main tributaries include the rivers Nièvre, Maine and the Erdre on its right bank, and the rivers Allier, Cher, Indre, Vienne, and the Sèvre Nantaise on the left bank.
The Sèvre Nantaise is a river in western France, a left-bank tributary to the Loire.

Bay of Biscay

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It rises in the highlands of the southeastern quarter of the French Massif Central in the Cévennes range (in the department of Ardèche) at 1350 m near Mont Gerbier de Jonc; it flows north through Nevers to Orléans, then west through Tours and Nantes until it reaches the Bay of Biscay (Atlantic Ocean) at Saint-Nazaire.
The main rivers that empty into the Bay of Biscay are Loire, Charente, Garonne, Dordogne, Adour, Nivelle, Bidasoa, Oiartzun, Urumea, Oria, Urola, Deba, Artibai, Lea, Oka, Nervión, Agüera, Asón, Miera, Pas, Saja, Nansa, Deva, Sella, Nalón, Navia, Esva, Eo, Landro and Sor.

Franks

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In the 5th century, the Roman Empire declined and the Franks and the Alemanni came to the area from the east.
Later the term is associated with Romanized Germanic dynasties within the collapsing Roman Empire, who eventually commanded the whole region between the rivers Loire and Rhine, and imposed power over many other post-Roman kingdoms and Germanic peoples, later being recognized by the Catholic Church as successors to the old rulers of the Western Roman Empire.

Tours

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It rises in the highlands of the southeastern quarter of the French Massif Central in the Cévennes range (in the department of Ardèche) at 1350 m near Mont Gerbier de Jonc; it flows north through Nevers to Orléans, then west through Tours and Nantes until it reaches the Bay of Biscay (Atlantic Ocean) at Saint-Nazaire.
Tours stands on the lower reaches of the Loire river, between Orléans and the Atlantic coast.

Anjou

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After considerable conflict in the region, in 898 Foulques le Roux of Anjou gained power.
Anjou (Andegavia) is a historical province of France straddling the lower Loire River.

Erdre

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Its main tributaries include the rivers Nièvre, Maine and the Erdre on its right bank, and the rivers Allier, Cher, Indre, Vienne, and the Sèvre Nantaise on the left bank.
The Erdre is a 97.4 km long river in western France, right tributary to the Loire.

Carnutes

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They built megaliths to worship the dead, especially from around 3500 BC. The Gauls arrived in the valley between 1500 and 500 BC, and the Carnutes settled in Cenabum in what is now Orléans and built a bridge over the river.
The Carnutes, a powerful Gaulish people in the heart of independent Gaul, dwelt in an extensive territory between the Sequana (Seine) and the Liger (Loire) rivers.

War in the Vendée

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It was also a dumping ground for prisoners in the War in the Vendee since they thought it was a more effective way of killing.
The Vendée is a coastal region, located immediately south of the Loire River in western France.

Roanne

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The Romans used the Loire as far as Roanne, around 150 km downriver from the source.
It is located 90 km northwest of Lyon on the Loire River.

Canal du Nivernais

Nivernais Canal
Another short stretch much further upstream at Decize is also navigable, where a river level crossing from the Canal latéral à la Loire connects to the Canal du Nivernais.
The Canal du Nivernais links the Loire with the Seine following approximately the course of the river Yonne in a south to north direction, first climbing northeast and north to cross the Morvan watershed, then roughly following the course of the river Yonne, south to north.

Angers

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Today the river is officially navigable as far as Bouchemaine, where the Maine joins it near Angers.
Angers developed at the confluence of three rivers, the Mayenne, the Sarthe, and the Loir, all coming from the north and flowing south to the Loire.

Charles VII of France

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In 1429, Joan of Arc persuaded Charles VII to drive out the English from the country.
With his court removed to Bourges, south of the Loire River, Charles was disparagingly called the “King of Bourges”, because the area around this city was one of the few remaining regions left to him.

Mont Gerbier de Jonc

It rises in the highlands of the southeastern quarter of the French Massif Central in the Cévennes range (in the department of Ardèche) at 1350 m near Mont Gerbier de Jonc; it flows north through Nevers to Orléans, then west through Tours and Nantes until it reaches the Bay of Biscay (Atlantic Ocean) at Saint-Nazaire.
It rises to an altitude of 1551 m, and its base contains three springs that are the source of the Loire, France's longest river.