La Ferté-Bernard

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La Ferté-Bernard
Église Notre-Dame des Marais
Église Notre-Dame des Marais
La Ferté-Bernard is located in France
La Ferté-Bernard
La Ferté-Bernard
Coordinates: 48°11′15″N 0°39′19″E / 48.1875°N 0.6553°E / 48.1875; 0.6553Coordinates: 48°11′15″N 0°39′19″E / 48.1875°N 0.6553°E / 48.1875; 0.6553
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Sarthe
Arrondissement Mamers
Canton La Ferté-Bernard (chef-lieu)
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Pays de l'Huisne Sarthoise
Government
 • Mayor (2008) Jean-Carles Grelier
Area
 • Land1 14.96 km2 (5.78 sq mi)
Population (2006 [1])
 • Population2 9,262
 • Population2 density 620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 72132 / 72400
Elevation 79–146 m (259–479 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.

La Ferté-Bernard is a commune in the Sarthe department in the Pays de la Loire region in north-western France.

Twin towns[edit]

It is twinned with Louth in Lincolnshire and also Laufen, Germany.

History[edit]

La Ferté-Bernard was involved in the 1906 Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France, the world's first motoring Grand Prix. The D97 towards Le Mans and the D1 towards Vibraye and Saint-Calais formed two sides of the triangular course.

Local folklore[edit]

La Ferte-Bernard is connected with a mythical dragon called the Peluda, which is said to have terrorized the town in medieval times.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.insee.fr/fr/ppp/bases-de-donnees/recensement/populations-legales/departement.asp?dep=72#dep_B Populations légales 2006 publiées par l’INSEE le 1er janvier 2009