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Le port sur la Loire.
Le port sur la Loire.
Couëron is located in France
Coordinates: 47°12′56″N 1°43′22″W / 47.2156°N 1.7228°W / 47.2156; -1.7228Coordinates: 47°12′56″N 1°43′22″W / 47.2156°N 1.7228°W / 47.2156; -1.7228
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Loire-Atlantique
Arrondissement Nantes
Canton Saint-Herblain-1
Intercommunality Nantes Métropole
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Pierre Fougerat
Area1 44.03 km2 (17.00 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 18,591
 • Density 420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 44047 /44220
Elevation 0–74 m (0–243 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.

Couëron (Breton: Koeron) is a commune in the Loire-Atlantique department in western France. It is part of the historic French Britanny.

Couëron is one of the 24 communes of the Nantes Métropole.


Physical geography[edit]

Location of Couëron in the département of Loire-Atlantique

Couëron is located 10 miles (16 km) west of Nantes, on the North bank of the French longest river, the Loire.

The town is bordered by the towns of Sautron and Vigneux-de-Bretagne to the north ; Saint-Étienne-de-Montluc to the west ; Indre to the east ; Le Pellerin and Saint-Jean-de-Boiseau to the south.

It is one of the 19 towns of the agglomeration of Nantes, therefore it is part of the Nantes Métropole (8th most populous across France) and the "espace urbain" of Nantes-Saint-Nazaire.

Human geography[edit]

For many years the city was the location of the Usine Pontgibaud-Tréfimétaux, which manufactured non-ferrous metal products.

Couëron's public transportation is provided by the TAN. There are four bus lines :

  • line 91
  • line 84
  • night line J
  • line Express' Couëron Town Hall - Gare maritime

The city is also accessed by a railway station (only regional journey) and a ferry which crosses the Loire so as to join the Pellerin.

The city is divided into two distinct sectors :

  • Couëron downtown
  • La Chabossière, a more recent borough that is nearer to Nantes.


The current mayor of Couëron is Jean-Pierre Fougerat (PS) until 2014. The municipal council has been led by a left-wing coalition since 1995. In 2008, it was re-elected with 100% of the vote since there was no opposition.

Couëron's inhabitants massively vote for left parties in presidential and legislative elections. In the 2012 presidential election, François Hollande (PS) received an astonishing 68.83% of the vote in the second round against then-President, Nicolas Sarkozy (UMP).[1]

Couëron is twinned with the following places:


Couëron is one of the most cosmopolitan towns of Loire-Atlantique. This is mainly due to an important Polish community that immigrated in the early 1930s, and the presence of many people of Spanish ancestry that fled the civil war in Spain.

The latest census data show that the town has 18,591 inhabitants (2010), what makes Couëron the sixth most populous city of Loire-Atlantique. What is more, the population is to increase rapidly and to pass the 20,000 inhabitants mark thanks to a vast project of residential construction.

The population of Couëron is younger than the national average. The proportion of people above 60 years old is lower than in France (19.6% vs. 22.7%).

Born in Couëron[edit]

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