Gennes, Maine-et-Loire

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Gennes is located in France
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 Gennes

Communauté de communes de Gennes

Pays Loire, Layon, Lys, Aubance
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Yves Fulneau
Area1 32.52 km2 (12.56 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,952
 • Density 60/km2 (160/sq mi)
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.

Gennes is a commune in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France.


Gennes was the scene of a World War II battle in June 1940, during the last stages of the Battle of France. The French casualties, seventeen Cadets of the Cadre noir Saumur Cavalry school,[2] 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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