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Loire River

Updated: Jan 08, 2019 govt.chinadaily.com.cn Print


The Loire River flows through Orleans, France. [Photo/VCG]

The Loire River is the longest river in France and the 171st longest in the world. It rises in the southern Massif Central and flows north to west for 1,020 km to the Atlantic Ocean.

It flows through Orleans and divides the city into two parts. The Loire was formerly an important navigation and trading route. With the increase in size of ocean-going ships, large ships can now navigate the estuary only up to a point near Nantes.

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