Gennes, Maine-et-Loire

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Gennes
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Gennes is located in France
Gennes
Gennes
Coordinates: 47°20′30″N 0°13′54″W / 47.3417°N 0.2317°W / 47.3417; -0.2317Coordinates: 47°20′30″N 0°13′54″W / 47.3417°N 0.2317°W / 47.3417; -0.2317
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Maine-et-Loire
Arrondissement Saumur
Canton Doué-la-Fontaine
Intercommunality Le Gennois
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Yves Fulneau
Area1 32.52 km2 (12.56 sq mi)
Population (2006[1])2 1,952
 • Density 60/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 49149 / 49350
Elevation 22–98 m (72–322 ft)
(avg. 29 m or 95 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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Gennes is a former commune in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France. On 1 January 2016, it was merged into the new commune of Gennes-Val-de-Loire.[2]

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Gennes was the scene of a World War II battle in June 1940, during the Battle of Saumur during the last stages of the Battle of France. The French casualties, seventeen Cadets of the Cadre noir Saumur Cavalry school,[3] killed between 17 and 20 June 1940, are buried in the enclosure of the 11th century Saint-Eusèbe church built over an ancient Gallo-Roman sanctuary, on a hilltop overlooking the scene of their sacrifice.

Dolmen of La Madeleine, one of the dolmens visible around Gennes

The castle of Milly-le-Meugon, in its vicinity, was the property of the Maillé-Brézé family, closely related to the French royal family through the First Prince of the Blood, Louis de Bourbon, Prince of Condé.

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