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Le Mans

Palais of Comtes du Maine, birth place of Henry II of England
Administration
Full nameLe Mans
CountryFrance
RegionPays de la Loire
DepartmentSarthe
ArrondissementLe Mans
IntercommunalityLe Mans
MayorJean-Claude Boulard (2001 2008)
Statistics
Elevation167.3 ft (51 m)
Highest Elevation439.6 ft (134 m)
Lowest Elevation124.7 ft (38 m)
Land Area20.4 sq mi (52.81 km2)
Total Population148169 (2006)
- Density7266.8/sq mi (2805.7/km2)
Postal code72000
INSEE72181
Dialling code(0)243

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Le Mans (-frləmɑ̃) is a city in France, located on the Sarthe River. Traditionally the capital of the province of Maine, it is now the capital of the Sarthe department and the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Le Mans. Le Mans is a part of the Pays de la Loire region.

Its inhabitants are called Manceaux and Mancelles. It has been host to the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race since 1923.


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