Place:Loire-Atlantique, France

Alt namesLoire-Inférieursource: Family History Library Catalog
Loire-Inférieuresource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) VII, 450
Coordinates47.25°N 1.833°W
Located inFrance     (1790 - )
Also located inPays-de-la-Loire, France    
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Loire-Atlantique (; ; before 1957: Loire-Inférieure,[1] ) is a department in Pays de la Loire on the west coast of France, named after the river Loire and the Atlantic Ocean. It had a population of 1,429,272 in 2019.


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Loire-Atlantique is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. Originally, it was named Loire-Inférieure, but its name was changed in March 9, 1957 to Loire-Atlantique.[1]

The area is part of the historical Duchy of Brittany, and contains what many people still consider to be Brittany's capital, Nantes. However, during World War II, the Vichy Government set up a system of regional prefectures where Loire-Atlantique was excluded from the Region of Brittany and united with neighbouring French departments, under the lead of Angers.

After the war these administrative changes were reimplemented in the 1955 boundary changes intended to optimise the management of the regions. There has since been a series of campaigns reflecting a strong local mood to have the department reintegrated with Brittany.

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