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Haute-Loire(ōt-lwär), department (1990 pop. 206,568), S central France, largely in the Massif Central. Le Puy-en-VelayPuy-en-Velay, Le
, city (1990 pop. 23,434), capital of Haute-Loire dept., S central France. Le Puy-en-Velay is the center of an old lace industry, as well as traditional brewing and leather industries. It was an old capital of Velay and an episcopal see from the 6th cent.
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a department in France in the eastern part of the Massif Central. Area, 5,000 sq km. Population, 207,000 (1972). Administrative center, Le Puy. Pasture livestock are raised, and grains, vegetables, and fodder are cultivated. The garment and food industries are not strongly developed; lace is manufactured.