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Angers (French: [ɑ̃.ʒe] (About this sound listen)) is a city in western France, about 300 km (190 mi) southwest of Paris. It is chef-lieu of the Maine-et-Loire department and was, before the French Revolution, the capital of the province of Anjou. The inhabitants of both the city and the province are called Angevins. The commune of Angers proper, without the metropolitan area, is the third most populous in northwestern France after Nantes and Rennes and the 17th in France.

Angers is the historical capital of Anjou and was for centuries an important stronghold in northwestern France. It is the cradle of the Plantagenet dynasty and was during the reign of René of Anjou one of the intellectual centers of Europe. Angers developed at the confluence of three rivers, the Mayenne, the Sarthe, and the Loir, all coming from the north and flowing south to the Loire. Their confluence, just north of Angers, creates the Maine, a short but wide river that flows into the Loire several kilometers south. The Angers metropolitan area is a major economic center in western France, particularly active in the industrial sector, horticulture, and business tourism.

Angers proper covers 42.70 square kilometers (16.5 sq mi)[3] and has a population of 147,305 inhabitants, while around 394,700 live in its metropolitan area. The Angers Loire Métropole is made up of 33 communes covering 540 square kilometers (208 square miles) with 287,000 inhabitants.

Angers enjoys a rich cultural life, made possible by its universities and museums. The old medieval center is still dominated by the massive château of the Plantagenêts, home of the Apocalypse Tapestry, the biggest medieval tapestry ensemble in the world. Angers is also both at the edge of the Val de Loire, a World Heritage Site, and the Loire-Anjou-Touraine regional natural park.







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excellent thread. i love driving around in france, but those aggravating french highway peages make you want to take the train lol.
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^ Fees increased since Sarkozy's right-wing administration sold the national highway network to the private sector. That was some 10 years ago, I believe. I think it's widely operated by Vinci Concessions now.
I'm not aware of the details of the deal the national government made with private operators, just hoping it's been a relief to taxpayers. It surely pissed the left-wing people who found it shocking.
That being said, the network is neatly maintained. It feels like driving a carpet, comfy.

SNCF is upgrading their price lists to be more aggressive to their rivals, namely those highways and airways, so there are better deals by train now.
As far as I'm concerned, I'm more in favor of using taxpayer money to support railways instead of alternative infrastructures, assuming it's still a more relevant strategy, even when it's costly. Railways can be time, space and energy-efficient, all at the same time. It's actually some fine technology.

Otherwise, if you need a car and have time, you still can drive smaller and slower roads managed by local administrations. These are free and allow you to check on small villages and tiny towns scattered across the countryside.
It's often somewhat desolated these days, depending on regions; some are better off than others. Say much of rural France is struggling at the moment, but it's always a most interesting experience to cross it, like taking time to drive throughout the US.
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