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L'Avenue Thiers; l'église Notre-Dame (church of Our Lady)
|Canton||La Ferté-Macé (chef-lieu)|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jacques Dalmont|
|• Land1||27.04 km2 (10.44 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||230/km2 (590/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||61168 / 61600|
|Elevation||165–203 m (541–666 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.
During the First World War the village housed a military detention camp, the Dépôt de Triage. Among others, the American poet E. E. Cummings and his friend William Slater Brown, then volunteers in the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps in France, were held there between September 21, 1917 and December 19 of the same year, on charges of "espionage" which in fact consisted of having expressed anti war opinions. Cummings' experiences in the camp at La Ferté-Mace were later related in his novel, The Enormous Room.
The arms of La Ferté-Macé are blazoned :
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