Antoigné is a commune in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France. Communes of the Maine-et-Loire department INSEE statistics
Beaufort-en-Anjou is a commune in the Maine-et-Loire department of western France. The municipality was established on 1 January 2016 and consists of the former communes of Beaufort-en-Vallée and Gée. Communes of the Maine-et-Loire department
Armaillé is a commune in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France. The village lies on the right bank of the Verzée. Communes of the Maine-et-Loire department INSEE statistics
Sanniki, Masovian Voivodeship
Sanniki is a town in Gostynin County, Masovian Voivodeship, in east-central Poland. It is the seat of the gmina called Gmina Sanniki, it lies 29 kilometres east of Gostynin and 79 km west of Warsaw. The town has a population of 2,000. Fryderyk Chopin 18, vacationed here in 1828. Jewish Community in Sanniki on Virtual Shtetl
Baugé-en-Anjou is a commune in the Maine-et-Loire département in western France. This new commune was created on 1 January 2013 from the merger of five former communes, Baugé, Pontigné, Saint-Martin-d'Arcé and Le Vieil-Baugé, which became communes déléguées, its centre is Baugé. On 1 January 2016, it was further expanded with the former communes Bocé, Chartrené, Cheviré-le-Rouge, Clefs-Val d'Anjou, Cuon, Échemiré, Fougeré, Le Guédeniau and Saint-Quentin-lès-Beaurepaire. Clefs-Val d'Anjou was the result of the merger, on 1 January 2013, of the former communes Clefs and Vaulandry. Communes of the Maine-et-Loire department
France the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean, it is bordered by Belgium and Germany to the northeast and Italy to the east, Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic and Indian oceans; the country's 18 integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres and a total population of 67.3 million. France, a sovereign state, is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nice. During the Iron Age, what is now metropolitan France was inhabited by a Celtic people. Rome annexed the area in 51 BC, holding it until the arrival of Germanic Franks in 476, who formed the Kingdom of Francia.
The Treaty of Verdun of 843 partitioned Francia into Middle Francia and West Francia. West Francia which became the Kingdom of France in 987 emerged as a major European power in the Late Middle Ages following its victory in the Hundred Years' War. During the Renaissance, French culture flourished and a global colonial empire was established, which by the 20th century would become the second largest in the world; the 16th century was dominated by religious civil wars between Protestants. France became Europe's dominant cultural and military power in the 17th century under Louis XIV. In the late 18th century, the French Revolution overthrew the absolute monarchy, established one of modern history's earliest republics, saw the drafting of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, which expresses the nation's ideals to this day. In the 19th century, Napoleon established the First French Empire, his subsequent Napoleonic Wars shaped the course of continental Europe. Following the collapse of the Empire, France endured a tumultuous succession of governments culminating with the establishment of the French Third Republic in 1870.
France was a major participant in World War I, from which it emerged victorious, was one of the Allies in World War II, but came under occupation by the Axis powers in 1940. Following liberation in 1944, a Fourth Republic was established and dissolved in the course of the Algerian War; the Fifth Republic, led by Charles de Gaulle, remains today. Algeria and nearly all the other colonies became independent in the 1960s and retained close economic and military connections with France. France has long been a global centre of art and philosophy, it hosts the world's fourth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually. France is a developed country with the world's sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP, tenth-largest by purchasing power parity. In terms of aggregate household wealth, it ranks fourth in the world. France performs well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, human development.
France is considered a great power in global affairs, being one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council with the power to veto and an official nuclear-weapon state. It is a leading member state of the European Union and the Eurozone, a member of the Group of 7, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization, La Francophonie. Applied to the whole Frankish Empire, the name "France" comes from the Latin "Francia", or "country of the Franks". Modern France is still named today "Francia" in Italian and Spanish, "Frankreich" in German and "Frankrijk" in Dutch, all of which have more or less the same historical meaning. There are various theories as to the origin of the name Frank. Following the precedents of Edward Gibbon and Jacob Grimm, the name of the Franks has been linked with the word frank in English, it has been suggested that the meaning of "free" was adopted because, after the conquest of Gaul, only Franks were free of taxation.
Another theory is that it is derived from the Proto-Germanic word frankon, which translates as javelin or lance as the throwing axe of the Franks was known as a francisca. However, it has been determined that these weapons were named because of their use by the Franks, not the other way around; the oldest traces of human life in what is now France date from 1.8 million years ago. Over the ensuing millennia, Humans were confronted by a harsh and variable climate, marked by several glacial eras. Early hominids led a nomadic hunter-gatherer life. France has a large number of decorated caves from the upper Palaeolithic era, including one of the most famous and best preserved, Lascaux. At the end of the last glacial period, the climate became milder. After strong demographic and agricultural development between the 4th and 3rd millennia, metallurgy appeared at the end of the 3rd millennium working gold and bronze, iron. France has numerous megalithic sites from the Neolithic period, including the exceptiona
Maine-et-Loire is a department of the Loire Valley in west-central France, in the Pays de la Loire region. See also: Anjou and History of Maine-et-LoireMaine-et-Loire is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790, it was called Mayenne-et-Loire, but its name was changed to Maine-et-Loire in 1791. It was created from most of the former province of Anjou, its present name is drawn from the Loire Rivers, which meet within the department. Maine-et-Loire is part of the current region of Pays-de-la-Loire and is surrounded by the departments of Ille-et-Vilaine, Sarthe, Indre-et-Loire, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée, Loire-Atlantique; the principal city is Angers. It has a varied landscape, with forested ranges of hills in the south and north separated by the valley of the Loire; the highest point is Colline des Gardes at 210 m. The area has many navigable rivers such as the Loire, Mayenne and Authion; the inhabitants of Maine-et-Loire have no official qualifier. They are sometimes known as Angevins, from the former province of Anjou, or Mainéligériens, from the name of the département.
Châteaux of the Loire Valley Château de Montsoreau. Royal Abbey of Fontevraud. Château de Brissac. Château de Saumur. Château d'Angers. Château de Brézé. Anjou traditions The largest vineyard of the Loire Valley; the boule de fort, the traditional boules game in AnjouAngers and around: The Angers castle and the Apocalypse Tapestry, the largest tapestry in the world. The Cointreau museum, in Saint-Barthélemy-d'Anjou The Château de Brissac, the tallest castle of the Loire Valley; the crooked spires in Baugé region. Saumur and around: The Cadre Noir, one of the most famous horsemanship school in the world. Montsoreau Flea Market is the largest Flea Market in the Loire Valley taking place every second Sunday of the month. Château de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art, featuring the Philippe Méaille Collection, largest collection of works by the British conceptual artists, Art & Language; the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud and the graves of the House of Plantagenet, including Richard I of England. The Tank museum of Saumur, which display the largest tank collection in France.
Around Saumur, the largest concentration of troglodyte house in Europe. Cholet and around: The textile museum of Cholet, the creation of the famous red and white handkerchief; the Château de Touvois The Parc Oriental de Maulévrier, the largest Japanese garden of FranceSegré and around: The fortified city of Pouancé and its medieval castle. The Blue Mine, a slate mine, with a funicular which goes 130 meters under the surface; the National stud of Le Lion-d'Angers, which host every year Le Mondial du Lion The Château de Challain-la-Potherie Cantons of the Maine-et-Loire department Communes of the Maine-et-Loire department Arrondissements of the Maine-et-Loire department Anjou wine Prefecture website General council website Anjou Tourism Board website "Maine-et-Loire". Collier's New Encyclopedia. 1921