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Mayenne,

department (1990 pop. 278,037), NW France, in parts of MaineMaine
, region and former province, NW France, S of Normandy and E of Brittany. It now comprises the departments of Mayenne and Sarthe and parts of Loire-et-Cher, Eure-et-Loir, and Orne. Le Mans, the historic capital, is an important industrial and commercial center.
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 and AnjouAnjou
, region and former province, W France, coextensive roughly with Maine-et-Loire and parts of Indre-et-Loire, Mayenne, and Sarthe depts. Angers, the historic capital, and Saumur are the chief towns.
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. It is an agricultural region. LavalLaval,
town (1990 pop. 53,478), capital of Mayenne dept., NW France, in Maine. It has been noted for its linen products since the 14th cent. Among its other industrial products are textiles, shoes, furniture, and electronics. It was founded in the 9th cent.
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 is the capital.

Mayenne

 

a department in northwestern France, located in the Mayenne river basin. Area, 5,200 sq km. Population, 256,000 (1972). Mayenne’s administrative center is the city of Laval. The department is noted for grain crops, horticulture, and livestock raising (cattle, horses, and pigs). Its industry consists primarily of food-processing and textiles.


Mayenne

 

a river in northwestern France, located in the Loire Basin. It is 200 km long and drains an area of approximately 6,000 sq km. The river flows mainly through a hilly plain. Its high-water period occurs during winter; in summer the river is at its lowest level. The riverbed has been channeled for more than 100 km, and there are numerous locks. The river is navigable as far as the city of Mayenne. The cities of Mayenne and Laval are situated on the Mayenne River.

Mayenne

a department of NW France, in Pays de la Loire region. Capital: Laval. Pop.: 290 780 (2003 est.). Area: 5212 sq. km (2033 sq. miles)