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Le Mans - Sport

sarthe capital motor

48°00N 0°10E, pop (2000e) 152 000. Commercial city and capital of Sarthe department, NW France; on R Sarthe, 187 km/116 mi SW of Paris; ancient capital of Maine; fortified by the Romans, 3rd–4th-c; railway junction; centre of commerce and agricultural trade; motor vehicles; cathedral (11th–15th-c), Notre-Dame-de-la-Coutore (11th-c); annual 24-hour motor race (Jun).

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