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Laval,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. Laval was a center of the Chouans in the French Revolution.
Laval,city (1991 pop. 314,398), coextensive with Île-Jésus (94 sq mi/243 sq km), S Que., Canada, between the Rivière des Mille Îles and the Rivière des Prairies, just NW of Montreal. The second largest city in Quebec, Laval was created in 1965, when 14 small communities on the island were amalgamated. It is a largely residential suburb of Montreal, with summer tourist facilities. The island was known as Montmagny Island until 1699, when it was granted to the Jesuits of Quebec and began to be settled.
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a city in France, on the Mayenne River (Loire Basin); the administrative center of the department of Mayenne. Population, 46,000 (1968). The city’s industries include electrical engineering, cotton, and clothing.
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Pierre . 1883--1945, French statesman. He was premier of France (1931--32; 1935--36) and premier of the Vichy government (1942--44). He was executed for collaboration with Germany
a city in SE Canada, in Quebec: a NW suburb of Montreal. Pop.: 343 005 (2001)
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