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The church in Guémené-Penfao
The church in Guémené-Penfao
Coat of arms of Guémené-Penfao
Coat of arms
Guémené-Penfao is located in France
Coordinates: 47°37′51″N 1°49′53″W / 47.6308°N 1.8314°W / 47.6308; -1.8314Coordinates: 47°37′51″N 1°49′53″W / 47.6308°N 1.8314°W / 47.6308; -1.8314
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Loire-Atlantique
Arrondissement Châteaubriant
Canton Guémené-Penfao
Intercommunality Pays de Redon
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Yannick Bigaud
Area1 105.51 km2 (40.74 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 4,876
 • Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
 • Urban 52,758
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 44067 /44290
Elevation 2–83 m (6.6–272.3 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.

Guémené-Penfao is a commune in the Loire-Atlantique department in western France, north of Nantes. The commune is widespread, and includes the former communes of Beslé-sur-Vilaine and Guénouvry.

Its name comes from the Breton language: "gwen" (white), "menez" (hill, mountain), "pen" (head), and "faou" (beech tree). The main economic activity is agriculture.

Édith Cresson's doctoral thesis was on the demography of women in Guémené-Penfao.[1]

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  1. ^ Schemla, Élisabeth (1993). Édith Cresson: la femme piégée (in French). Flammarion. ISBN 978-2-08-066840-0.