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Coat of Arms of Charente
Location of Charente in France
Department number: 16
Region: Poitou-Charentes
Prefecture: Angoulême
Subprefectures: Cognac
Arrondissements: 3
Cantons: 35
Communes: 404
President of the General Council: Michel Boutant
Population Ranked 66th
 -1999 339,628
Population density: 57/km2
Land area¹: 5956 km2
¹ French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2.

Charente (Saintongeais: Chérente, Occitan: Charanta) is a department in southwestern France named after the Charente River.



Charente is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. It was created from the former province of Angoumois, west and south of Saintonge.


The department is part of the current region of Poitou-Charentes. It is surrounded by the departments of Vienne, Haute-Vienne, Dordogne, Charente-Maritime, and Deux-Sèvres. It contains part of the geographical regions of Poitou and Limousin. Its capital is Angoulême.


The inhabitants of the department are called Charentais.


The President of the General Council is Michel Boutant of the Socialist Party.

Party seats
Socialist Party 15
Union for a Popular Movement 6
Miscellaneous Right 6
Miscellaneous Left 6
French Communist Party 2


Cognac and pineau are two of the major agricultural products. They also produce excellent butter. But the Charentaise slipper is the 2nd most well-known product (after cognac).

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Coordinates: 45°50′N 00°20′E / 45.833°N 0.333°E / 45.833; 0.333


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Charente[1] is a département in the Poitou-Charentes region of western France.


Angoulême is a 19th century city with a medieval heart preserved behind ramparts.

Other destinations

Cognac is a small medieval town, birthplace of François 1st as well as the famous brandy which bears its name.


The Charente is navigable from Angoulême to the sea. Boats can be rented without a license.

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