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somme market france

49°54N 2°16E, pop (2000e) 138 000. Agricultural market town and capital of Somme department, N France; 130 km/81 mi N of Paris, on left bank of R Somme; railway; university (1964); bishopric; textiles, food processing, chemicals, market gardening; birthplace of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos; war-time cemeteries at Arras to the E; house and grave of Jules Verne; Gothic cathedral (13th-c), largest in area in France, a world heritage site.

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