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Aerial view of the Château des ducs de Bretagne
Full nameNantes
City motto 
("May Neptune favour the travellers")
RegionPays de la Loire
Cantonchief town of 11 cantons
IntercommunalityNantes Métropole
MayorJean-Marc Ayrault (PS) (2008 2014)
Land Area25.2 sq mi (65.19 km2)
Total Population283025 (6th in France) (2007 census)
- Density11244.5/sq mi (4341.5/km2)
Urban Area202.5 sq mi (524.6 km2)
-- Population580502 (2007)
Metro Area865.6 sq mi (2242.6 km2)
Time zoneCET (GMT +1)
Postal code44000, 44100, 44200 and 44300
Dialling code02

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Nantes (-frnɑ̃t) ( , Gallo: Naunnt) is a city in western France, located on the Loire River, 50 km (31.1 mi) from the Atlantic coast. The city is the 6th largest in France, while its metropolitan area ranks 8th with over 800,000 inhabitants.

Nantes is the capital city of the Pays de la Loire region and Loire-Atlantique département. It is also the major city of the historic province of Brittany, and culturally remains strongly identified with it.

In 2004, the Time magazine described Nantes as "the most liveable city in Europe". In 2010, Nantes was named a Hub city for innovation in the Innovation Cities Index by innovation agency, 2thinknow. The city was ranked 36th globally from 289 cities and 4th overall in France, behind Paris, Lyon and Strasbourg for innovation across multiple sectors of the economy.

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