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Blois

(blwä), town (1990 pop. 51,549), capital of Loir-et-Cher dept., central France, in Orléanais, on the Loire River. A commercial and industrial center with an outstanding trade in wines and brandies, it is also one of the most historic towns of France. The counts of Blois emerged in the 10th cent. as the most powerful feudal lords of France. Their line began with Thibaut the Cheat, who by various means acquired Touraine and Chartres; his successors added (11th–12th cent.) Champagne, Brie, and other lands, although in the west they were checked by the counts of Anjou. The last count of Blois, childless and heavily in debt, sold his fief to Louis, duc d'Orléans, who took possession in 1397. With the accession (1498) of Louis' grandson, Louis XII, as king of France, the countship passed to the crown as part of Orléanais. The town was a favorite royal residence. Louis XII was born in the Renaissance château there. Several States-General of France were held in the château, notably in 1576–77 and in 1588; Henri, duc de Guise, was assassinated there in 1588. The Treaties of Blois, signed in 1504–5, were a temporary settlement of the Italian Wars.

Blois

a city in N central France, on the Loire: 13th-century castle. Pop.: 49 171 (1999)
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HOPEDALE Helen Blois Hammond, 90, of Hopedale Street, died Saturday, September 13, 2008, in the Milford Regional Medical Center, Milford, after a period of declining health.
It is an extremely varied zone: the department includes the sands of the Sologne (good for growing irises, but little else), the vineyards of the middle Loire, the Cher, the Renaissance city of Blois, the chateaux of Chambord and Cour-Cheverny, along with the Beauce and what Zola called the "distant blue hills of the Perche".
Contract notice: prospective study on the development of the north west zone of the heart of the agglomeration of blois.
Contract notice: project management mission for the rehabilitation work of the moussa traore gymnasium in blois
Hospital center of st aignan sur cher and simone veil hospital of blois
Subscription of the insurance contracts for the members of the group of orders (city of blois, community of agglomeration of blois - agglopolys, and the intercommunal center of social action (cias) of blaisois.
The assumption of responsibility for this service concerns several services of the blois hospital center and its annexes.
Contract notice: transportation of pupils enrolled in primary school in the area of the communaut d~agglomration de blois, to aquatic equipment
Contract notice: grouping of orders between the city of blois and the community of agglomeration of blois-agglopolys for the acquisition of a software of management and dematerialization of the administrative acts with associated maintenance.
Contract notice: mission to support the implementation of a strategic and operational management of dematerialization at the simone veil hospital in blois
Contract notice: air conditioning of premises at the hospital center of blois
Contract notice: design of the scenography of the center of interpretation of architecture and heritage (ciap) of blois, and its realization