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Coat of arms
Location of Loiret in France
Coordinates: 47°55′N 02°10′E / 47.917, 2.167Coordinates: 47°55′N 02°10′E / 47.917, 2.167
Country France
Region Centre
Prefecture Orléans
Subprefectures Montargis
 • President of the General Council Eric Doligé (UMP)
 • Total 6,775 km2 (2,616 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 647,733
 • Rank 35th
 • Density 96/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 45
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 41
Communes 334
^1  French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Loiret (French pronunciation: [lwaʁɛ]) is a department in north-central France

The department is named after the river Loiret, a tributary of the Loire. The Loiret is located wholly within the department.

History[edit | edit source]

Loiret is one of the original 83 departments that was created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from the former province of Orléanais.

Geography[edit | edit source]

Loiret is part of the current region of Centre and is surrounded by the departments of Essonne, Seine-et-Marne, Yonne, Nièvre, Cher, Loir-et-Cher, and Eure-et-Loir.

Tourism[edit | edit source]

Orléans is a popular tourist destination, with its cathedral of Ste. Croix.

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