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Marennes, Charente-Maritime


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Coordinates: 45°49′21″N 1°06′19″W / 45.8225°N 1.1052°W / 45.8225; -1.1052Coordinates: 45°49′21″N 1°06′19″W / 45.8225°N 1.1052°W / 45.8225; -1.1052

Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Charente-Maritime
Arrondissement Rochefort
Canton Marennes
Intercommunality Bassin de Marennes
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Mickaël Vallet
 • Land1 20.09 km2 (7.76 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 5,465
 • Population2 density 270/km2 (700/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 17219 / 17320
Elevation 0–21 m (0–69 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.

Marennes is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France.

For a long time it was one of the most prosperous cities of the Saintonge due to its location in the middle of the salt-water marshes at a time where salt was a valuable commodity. Marennes is a center for oyster farming.




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