Arçais

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Arçais
Arçais is located in France
Arçais
Arçais
Coordinates: 46°17′49″N 0°41′23″W / 46.2969°N 0.6897°W / 46.2969; -0.6897Coordinates: 46°17′49″N 0°41′23″W / 46.2969°N 0.6897°W / 46.2969; -0.6897
Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Deux-Sèvres
Arrondissement Niort
Canton Frontenay-Rohan-Rohan
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Michel PANIER
Area1 15.12 km2 (5.84 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 654
 • Density 43/km2 (110/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 79010 / 79210
Elevation 1–36 m (3.3–118.1 ft)
(avg. 13 m or 43 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
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Arçais is a commune in the Deux-Sèvres department in the Poitou-Charentes region in western France. It is the only village in the centre of the Marais Mouillé, the so-called "wet marsh" which forms the eastern half of the Marais Poitevin (the Poitou Marshes), near the city of Niort. It is a popular centre for tourism, with several embarcadères which hire out punts and other boats for use on the network of canals that surrounds the village. There are also several shops, bars and other facilities, including bike hire.

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