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
La Ferté-Bernard is located in France
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
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Sarthe
Arrondissement Mamers
Canton La Ferté-Bernard
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Pays de l'Huisne Sarthoise
 • Mayor (2008) Jean-Carles Grelier
Area1 14.96 km2 (5.78 sq mi)
Population (2006 [1])2 9,262
 • Density 620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 72132 /72400
Elevation 79–146 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.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

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 and also Laufen, Germany.


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]