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Brief information about the Nantes

Nantes Nantes (, also US:, French: [nɑ̃t]; Gallo: Naunnt or Nantt [nɑ̃(ː)t]; Breton: Naoned [ˈnãunət]) is a city in Loire-Atlantique on the Loire, 50 kilometers (31 mi) in the Atlantic shore. The city is the sixth-largest in France, with a population in Nantes and a metropolitan area of nearly 950,000 inhabitants.

A seaport on the Loire estuary, Together with Saint-Nazaire, the main French metropolis is formed by Nantes. It is the Pays de la Loire région, among 18 regions of France and the administrative seat of the Loire-Atlantique department. Nantes belongs historically and culturally to a duchy, Brittany and state, and its omission in the administrative area of Brittany is controversial.

Nantes was identified for a port on the Loire during antiquity. It had been the seat of a bishopric in the end of the Roman era, until it was conquered by the Bretons in 851. Though Nantes was the residence of the 15th-century dukes of Brittany, Rennes became the capital after the 1532 marriage of France and Brittany.

Following the organization of the colonial empire, Nantes gradually became the biggest port in France and has been responsible for nearly half of the French Atlantic slave trade. The French Revolution led to an economic decline, but Nantes developed strong industries after 1850 (chiefly in shipbuilding and food processing).

Deindustrialisation in the next half of the 20th century spurred the city to embrace a service market. In 2012, the Globalization and World Cities Research Network ranked Nantes.

The Gamma class includes cities like Algiers, Orlando, Porto, Turin and Leipzig. Nantes was commended for its quality of life, and the Green Capital Award was received by it . The European Commission noted the city's efforts to reduce air pollution and CO2 emissions, its high quality and well-managed public transport system and its biodiversity, together with 3,366 hectares (8,320 acres) of green space and several secure Natura 2000 areas.