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La Roche-sur-Yon

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Coordinates: 46°40′14″N 1°25′34″W / 46.6705°N 1.426°W / 46.6705; -1.426Coordinates: 46°40′14″N 1°25′34″W / 46.6705°N 1.426°W / 46.6705; -1.426{{#coordinates:46.6705|-1.426|type:city(54116)_region:FR|||||| |primary |name= }}</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Country</th><td> France</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Region</th><td> Pays de la Loire</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Department</th><td> Vendée</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Arrondissement</th><td> La Roche-sur-Yon</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Canton</th><td> La Roche-sur-Yon-Nord and La Roche-sur-Yon-Sud</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Intercommunality</th><td> Pays yonnais</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th colspan="2" style="text-align:center;text-align:left">Government</th></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Mayor (2008–2012) </th><td> Pierre Regnault</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Area1</th><td> 87.52 km2 (33.79 sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Population (2006)2</th><td> 54,116</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Density</th><td> 620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">INSEE/Postal code</th><td class="adr"> 85191 / 85000</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Elevation</th><td> Script error: No such module "convert".
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La Roche-sur-Yon (Template:IPA-fr) is a commune in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France. It is the capital of the department. Its inhabitants are called Yonnais.


The town expanded significantly after Napoleon I had chosen the site as the new préfecture of the Vendée on 25 May 1804, replacing Fontenay-le-Comte (then under its revolutionary name of Fontenay-le-Peuple). At the time, most of La Roche had been eradicated in the Vendée Revolt (1793–96); the renamed Napoléonville was laid out and a fresh population of soldiers and civil servants was brought in. Napoléonville was designed to accommodate 15,000 people.[1]

The town was called successively:


The river Yon flows southward through the commune and crosses the town.


The Communauté d'agglomération "La Roche-sur-Yon Agglomération" contains 15 communes:

La Roche-sur-Yon is the chief town of the Arrondissement of La Roche-sur-Yon, which covers 11 cantons, 92 communes, and has a population of 230,386 (1999 census).

La-Roche-sur-Yon is chief town of two cantons, covering 12 communes, with a total population of 70,709.

  • Cantons: seat of 2 cantons (12 communes, 70,709 inhabitants)
  • Population with double accounts (1999): 52,947 inhabitants
  • Population without double accounts (1999): 49,262 inhabitants
  • Intercommunality (2004): Communauté d'agglomération 79,665 inhabitants

Main sights


The Gare de La Roche-sur-Yon railway station offers connections to Nantes, Paris, Les Sables-d'Olonne, Bordeaux and several regional destinations. The A87 motorway connects La Roche-sur-Yon with Les Sables-d'Olonne and Angers, the A83 with Nantes and Niort.


In 2014 La Roche-sur-yon hosted the 2014 French championship of table tennis [2]

La Roche-sur-Yon's Vendéspace hosted one of the first round ties of the 2014 Davis Cup tennis tournament over the weekend of 31 January - 2 February 2014. France hosted Australia as both teams competed for a place in the World Group quarterfinals.

In 2015 La Roche-sur-Yon, will host the 2015 FIRS Men's Roller Hockey World Cup, the first time that a World Cup of roller hockey is held in France.

Twin towns

La Roche-sur-Yon is twinned with:

See also


  1. ^ Graham Robb, The Discovery of France, Picador, London (2007), pp257-8
  2. ^

External links

La Roche-sur-Yon
Square Napoléon and Saint-Louis Church
Square Napoléon and Saint-Louis Church
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