Montmorillon

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Montmorillon
The town hall in Montmorillon
The town hall in Montmorillon
Coat of arms of Montmorillon
Coat of arms
Montmorillon is located in France
Montmorillon
Montmorillon
Coordinates: 46°25′37″N 0°52′18″E / 46.4269°N 0.8717°E / 46.4269; 0.8717Coordinates: 46°25′37″N 0°52′18″E / 46.4269°N 0.8717°E / 46.4269; 0.8717
Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Vienne
Arrondissement Montmorillon
Canton Montmorillon
Intercommunality Montmorillonnais
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Guillaume de Russé
Area1 57 km2 (22 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 7,039
 • Density 120/km2 (320/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 86165 / 86500
Elevation 82–168 m (269–551 ft)
(avg. 105 m or 344 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.

Montmorillon is a commune in the Vienne department, in the Poitou-Charentes region, in western France.

The clay mineral montmorillonite was named after Montmorillon after its discovery there in 1847.

Montmorillon is well known for its macarons, and has a museum dedicated to it. The Maison Rannou-Métivier is the oldest macaron bakery in Montmorillon, dating back to 1920. The traditional recipe for Montmorillon macarons remains unchanged for over 150 years.

The widely popular Coopération pédagogique range of educational posters were produced in Montmorillon, in the 1950s by Éditions Rossignol.

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