La Ferté-Bernard

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La Ferté-Bernard
The church of Notre-Dame des Marais
The church of Notre-Dame des Marais
Coat of arms of La Ferté-Bernard
Coat of arms
Location of La Ferté-Bernard
La Ferté-Bernard is located in France
La Ferté-Bernard
La Ferté-Bernard
La Ferté-Bernard is located in Pays de la Loire
La Ferté-Bernard
La Ferté-Bernard
Coordinates: 48°11′15″N 0°39′19″E / 48.1875°N 0.6553°E / 48.1875; 0.6553Coordinates: 48°11′15″N 0°39′19″E / 48.1875°N 0.6553°E / 48.1875; 0.6553
RegionPays de la Loire
CantonLa Ferté-Bernard
IntercommunalityCommunauté de communes du Pays de l'Huisne Sarthoise
 • Mayor (2008) Jean-Carles Grellly
14.96 km2 (5.78 sq mi)
 • Density610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Fertois, Fertoise
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
72132 /72400
Elevation79–146 m (259–479 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

La Ferté-Bernard is a commune in the Sarthe department in the Pays de la Loire region in north-western France.

Twin towns[edit]

It is twinned with Louth in Lincolnshire.


La Ferté-Bernard was involved in the 1906 Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France, the world's first motoring Grand Prix. The D97 towards Le Mans and the D1 towards Vibraye and Saint-Calais formed two sides of the triangular course.

Notable people[edit]

Louise du Pierry, astronomer, was born here[2] on 7/30/1746 or 8/1/1746 as Elisabeth Louise Felicite Pourra de la Madeleine.

Local folklore[edit]

La Ferte-Bernard is connected with a mythical dragon called the Peluda, which is said to have terrorized the town in medieval times.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Bernardi, Gabriella (2016-03-14). The Unforgotten Sisters: Female Astronomers and Scientists before Caroline Herschel. ISBN 9783319261270.