Nantes

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Nantes

Motto: Latin: Favet Neptunus eunti
("May Neptune favour the travellers")

Coordinates: 47°13′05″N 1°33′10″W / 47.21806°N 1.55278°W / 47.21806; -1.55278

Nantes (Breton: Naoned, Gallo: Naunnt) is a city in western France, located on the Loire River, 50 km (31 mi) from the Atlantic coast.[1] The city is the 6th largest in France, while its metropolitan area ranks 8th with over 800,000 inhabitants.[2]

Nantes is the capital city of the Pays de la Loire region and Loire-Atlantique département. It is also the major city of the historic province of Brittany, and culturally remains strongly identified with it.[3]

In 2004, the Time magazine described Nantes as "the most liveable city in Europe".[4] The city is also home to the Audencia Nantes School of Management, broadly well-ranked according to the FT rankings.[5] In 2010, the Nantes was named a Hub city for innovation in the Innovation Cities Index by innovation agency, 2thinknow.[6] The city was ranked 36th globally from 289 cities and 4th overall in France, behind Paris, Lyon and Strasbourg for innovation across multiple sectors of the economy.[7]

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