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"Niort" is a commune in the Deux-Sèvres department in western France.

The Latin name of the city was "Novioritum".

The population of Niort is 60,486 and more than 125,000 people live in the urban area.

Near Niort at Maisonnay there is one of the tallest radio masts in France (height: 330 metres).

Geography
The town is located on the Sèvre Niortaise River and a centre of angelica cultivation in France.

Economy
Niort is the French capital of mutual insurance and bank companies, with the headquarters of MAAF, MAIF, MACIF, SMACL and regional branches of national mutual companies such as Groupama, Banque Populaire. Niort is a main financial centre of France (fourth ranked after Paris, Lyon and Lille). Chemistry and aeronautics are the main industries.

Niort is a major administrative and commercial centre.

Transport
Niort has a railway station on the TGV route between Paris and La Rochelle. Direct TGV to Paris Montparnasse station takes 2 hours and 15 minutes Niort is a road and motorway junction, connected to Paris and Bordeaux by the A10 motorway, with Nantes by the A83, and with La Rochelle by the N11.

Sports
The football team is Chamois Niortais who play in the National, the third-highest league in French football. Rugby team Stade Niortais celebrated their 100 year anniversary in 2009. The Dragons baseball team plays in the Regional League.

People
Niort was the birthplace of:
* Françoise d"Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon (1635–1719), second wife of Louis XIV
* Jacques de Liniers (Santiago de Liniers y Remond) (1753–1810)
* Louis-Marcelin, marquis de Fontanes (1757–1821), poet and politician
*Montaubry (1826-98), tenor associated with opéra comique and operetta
* Henri-Georges Clouzot (1904–1977), film director

nternational relation

win towns — Sister citie
Niort is twinned with:
* Atakpamé, Togo (1958)
* Coburg, Germany (1974)
* Wellingborough, United Kingdom (1977)
* Springe, Germany (1979)
* Tomelloso, Spain (1981)
* Gijon, Spain (1982)
* Biała Podlaska, Poland (1995)

See also
* Château de Niort
* Communes of the Deux-Sèvres department

References
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