city in WC France, on the Loire: site of a battle ( 732) in which the Franks under Charles Martel defeated the Saracens: pop. 130,000
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A city of west-central France on the Loire River. Dating to pre-Roman times, it was a prosperous silk-manufacturing town from the 15th century to the 17th century and a Huguenot stronghold until the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. Today it is a tourist center with varied industries. Population: 137,000.