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Loire was created in 1793 when the original department of Rhône-et-Loire was split.
Its capitals have been the following:
- Feurs from 1793-1795
- Montbrison from 1795-1855
- Saint-Étienne since 1855
The Loire crosses the department from south to north.
The inhabitants of the department are called Ligériens.
The industrial city of Saint-Étienne with its suburbs contains some 290,000 of the area's 728,542 inhabitants.
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