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Chateau-Gontier

Château-Gontier is a commune in the Mayenne department in north-western France.GeographyIt is about 30km south of Laval, the préfecture of the department of Mayenne. Château-Gontier is home to the Refuge de l'Arche, a refuge for abandoned or mistreated animals.HistoryThere are chalybeate springs close to the town. Château-Gontier owes its origin and its name to a castle erected in the first half of the 11th century by Gunther, the steward of Fulk Nerra of Anjou, on the site of a farm belonging to the monks of St Aubin d’Angers. On the extinction of the family, the lordship was assigned by Louis XI. to Philippe de Comines. The town suffered severely during the wars of the League. In 1793 it was occupied by the Vendeans.People Conan II, Duke of Brittany was found dead here during the Breton Norman Wars, likely the victim of poisoning. Claude Pompidou was born here. General Emile-René Lemonnier was born and buried here. Louis-François Allard (1735-1819), physician and politician. Guy de Charnacé (1825–1909), agronomist, writer, musicologist was born here.
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