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Loir-et-Cher(lwär-ā-shĕr), department (1990 pop. 307,100), N central France, in Orléanais. BloisBlois
, 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.
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a department in central France, primarily in the Loire Valley. Area, 6,400 sq km; population, 279,000 (1972). The prefecture is Blois. Grain, sugar beets, and potatoes are grown; there is viticulture, fruit growing, and stock raising. The department has food, machine-building, and wool industries.