Loiret

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Loiret
Department
Prefecture building of the Loiret department, in Orléans
Prefecture building of the Loiret department, in Orléans
Flag of Loiret
Flag
Coat of arms of Loiret
Coat of arms
Location of Loiret in France
Location of Loiret in France
Coordinates: 47°55′N 02°10′E / 47.917°N 2.167°E / 47.917; 2.167Coordinates: 47°55′N 02°10′E / 47.917°N 2.167°E / 47.917; 2.167
Country France
Region Centre
Prefecture Orléans
Subprefectures Montargis
Pithiviers
Government
 • President of the General Council Eric Doligé (UMP)
Area1
 • Total 6,775 km2 (2,616 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 647,733
 • Rank 35th
 • Density 96/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 45
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 41
Communes 334
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Loiret (French pronunciation: ​[lwaʁɛ]) is a department in north-central France.

The department is named after the river Loiret, a tributary of the Loire. The Loiret is located wholly within the department.

History[edit]

Loiret is one of the original 83 departments that was created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from the former province of Orléanais.

Geography[edit]

Loiret is part of the current region of Centre and is surrounded by the departments of Essonne, Seine-et-Marne, Yonne, Nièvre, Cher, Loir-et-Cher, and Eure-et-Loir.

Tourism[edit]

Orléans is a popular tourist destination, with its cathedral of Ste. Croix.

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