views updated May 21 2018

Loire Longest river in France. The Loire rises in the Cévennes range, on the se edge of the Massif Central, and flows n and nw to Orléans. It then turns sw into a wide, fertile ba472sin. The cities of Tours and Angers lie on its banks. It then flows through the Pays de la Loire to Nantes, emptying into the Bay of Biscay at St-Nazaire. It connects by canals to the Rhône and Seine rivers. Length:1020km (635mi).