Hérault


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Hérault

(ārō`), department (1990 pop. 805,000), S France, in LanguedocLanguedoc
, region and former province, S France, bounded by the foot of the Pyrenees, the upper Garonne River, the Auvergne Mts., the Rhône, and the Mediterranean.
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. MontpellierMontpellier
, city (1990 pop. 210,866), capital of Hérault dept., S France, near the Mediterranean coast. It is a great commercial center. Its industries, many of them recently developed, include food processing, salt working, textile milling, printing, and the
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 is the capital, and SèteSète,
formerly Cette
, town (1990 pop. 41,916), Hérault dept., S France, in Languedoc, on the Mediterranean. It is one of the most important commercial and fishing ports of S France, a wine-shipping center, with major gasoline refineries and plants making
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 is the chief port.

Hérault

 

a department in southern France, on the Mediterranean Sea. Located partially in the Massif Central. Area, 6,100 sq km. Population, 648,000 (1975). The capital is Montpellier.

In 1968, 20 percent of the department’s economically active population was employed in agriculture, and 15 percent in industry. The main branches of the economy are viticulture and wine- making. In 1970 vineyards covered 158,500 hectares, and wine production was 11.4 million hectoliters. Hérault has a machinebuilding industry, located in Montpellier and Beziers, a chemical industry, located in Frontignan, and a food-processing industry. The resorts of Balaruc-les-Bains and Valras-Plage and the port of Sète are situated on the coast.