Le Mans is a city in France, located on the Sarthe River.
Long the capital of the province of Maine, it is today the préfecture (capital) of the Sarthe département.
Its inhabitants are called Manceaux and Mancelles.
Altitude 38 m-134 m
Land area 52.81 km²
Population (1999) 146,105
Postal code 72181/ 72000
Dialling code (0)243
First mentioned by Ptolemy, the Roman city Vindinium was the capital of the Aulerci, a client tribe of the Aedui.
Le Mans is also identified as the town known as Civitas Cenomanorum (City of the Cenomani).
Their city lay in the territory of the province of Gallia Lugdunensis.
An amphitheatre built in the 3rd century AD is still visible.
Gregory of Tours mentions a Frankish sub-king Rigomer, who was killed by Clovis in his campaign to unite the Frankish territories.
As the principal city of Maine, Le Mans was the stage for struggles in the 11th century between the counts of Anjou and the dukes of Normandy.
When the Normans had control of Maine, this allowed William the Conqueror to successfully invade England; however in 1069 the citizens revolted and expelled the Normans, which led to Hugh V being proclaimed count of Maine.
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This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le Mans) January 2007
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Le Mans was in quite a bit of a mess when Hui Chin and I visited the city in 2006.
Some of the main streets and the square was dug up for laying down the tram lines.
We noticed many european cities were busy building new or extending old tram lines & the new trams are very good, modern looking, quiet, fast and comfortable.
Funny this, just when some cities finished getting rid off their tram and trolley lines, many cities spending big bikies to put them back or start anew.
Hooray for the trams, I like trams anyway.
My birth city, Budapest kept most of their trams and trolleybuses. Wise people those Budapesters, me too. Huh, huh, huh!
Go Le Mans, go for trams!!!
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