Saint-Germain-Laval, Loire

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The tower of the chapel, in Saint-Germain-Laval
The tower of the chapel, in Saint-Germain-Laval
Coat of arms of Saint-Germain-Laval
Coat of arms
Saint-Germain-Laval is located in France
Coordinates: 45°49′51″N 4°00′48″E / 45.8308°N 4.0133°E / 45.8308; 4.0133Coordinates: 45°49′51″N 4°00′48″E / 45.8308°N 4.0133°E / 45.8308; 4.0133
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Loire
Arrondissement Roanne
Canton Boën-sur-Lignon
Intercommunality Vals d'Aix et d'Isable
 • Mayor Jacques Perrin
Area1 17.08 km2 (6.59 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 1,488
 • Density 87/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 42230 /42260
Elevation 344–526 m (1,129–1,726 ft)
(avg. 430 m or 1,410 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.

Saint-Germain-Laval is a commune in the Loire department in central France.

The North American explorer Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut was born in Saint-Germain-Laval.


The commune is located 35 kilometers south of Roanne and 6 kilometers south of exit 5 of autoroute A72 (future A89) linking Clermont-Ferrand (85 km distant) to Saint-Étienne (62 km distant).

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Saint-Germain-Laval is twinned with:

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