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Loire-Atlantique

(lwär-ätläNtēk`), formerly

Loire-Maritime,

department (1990 pop. 1,058,100), NW France, in S Brittany, on the Atlantic coast. The main cities are NantesNantes
, city (1990 pop. 252,029), capital of Loire-Atlantique dept., W France, on the Loire River. It is an important industrial and shipping center with its ocean port at Saint-Nazaire.
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, city (1990 pop. 66,087), Loire-Atlantique dept., W France, at the mouth of the Loire River on the Bay of Biscay. Saint-Nazaire is an important seaport (mainly for trade with the Antilles and Central America) and a great shipbuilding and industrial center with
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Loire-Atlantique

 

(formerly Loire-Inferieure), a department in western France, on the Bay of Biscay. Area, 7,000 sq km; population, 897,000 (1972). The prefecture is Nantes. Loire-Atlantique is an important industrial port region (Nantes-St. Nazaire). There is shipbuilding, ferrous and nonferrous metallurgy, aircraft industry, and the manufacture of chemical and food products. Loire-Atlantique is a major region for the cultivation of cereal crops. There is viticulture, fruit growing, stock raising, and fishing.

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Loire-Atlantique

a department of W France, in Pays de la Loire region. Capital: Nantes. Pop.: 1 174 120 (2003 est.). Area: 6980 sq. km (2722 sq. miles)
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