|region||Pays de la Loire|
Cholet-1 (main town)
Cholet-2 (main town)
|Community association||Agglomération du Choletais|
|surface||87.47 km 2|
|Residents||53,917 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||616 inhabitants / km 2|
View of Cholet
In the uprising of the Vendée (1793–1796) Cholet was a stronghold of the rebels loyal to the king; 15,000 Vendéers gathered here in March 1793 ( First Battle of Cholet ) and killed or arrested a republican garrison of around 500 national guardsmen. Cholet was then again the scene of a bitter conflict in October 1793 in the Second Battle of Cholet . This time there were around 40,000 Vendéers, listed a. a. by Maurice d'Elbée facing 26,000 republican troops of the line under the command of General Kléber . The battle ended with a defeat and flight of the insurgents, in whose entourage were thousands of families who were involved in the fighting. The second battle at Cholet and the refugee drama that followed were counted among the most tragic phases of the Vendée civil war in France.
The Choletais is an industrial region. Originally a textile region, 450 small and medium-sized companies have now settled here, as well as some large companies such as Michelin (tire manufacture), Thales (aviation electronics), Eram (shoe fashion), Nicoll (plastics industry), Brioche Pasquier (yeast pastries) and others. In the city and the region, several companies have joined forces to form a growth pole for children and are increasingly devoting their development and research to products such as baby food, fashion, furniture, care, etc.
- Oldenburg in Lower Saxony ( Germany ), since 1985
- Dénia ( Spain ), since 1996
- Solihull ( UK ), since 1999
- Dorohoi ( Romania ), since 2000
Cholet has various partnerships with the following cities:
- Sao ( Burkina Faso ), since 1999
- Araya ( Lebanon ), since 2003
- Pierre-De Saurel ( Canada ), since 2004
On July 9, 2008, the 4th stage of the Tour de France was held in Cholet in the form of an individual time trial over 29.5 km. The basketball club Cholet Basket became French champions for the first time in 2010. There is also a horse racing track on which both flat and obstacle races are held. The footballers from Stade Olympique Choletais played a good role in the amateur field in France at times and were even represented in the second division for one season in the mid-1970s . The 3rd stage of the Tour de France will take place on July 9, 2018 in the form of a team time trial over 35.5 km.
- Pierre Charles Trémolières (1703–1739), painter
- Gilbert Prouteau (1917–2012), writer
- François Morellet (1926–2016), painter, sculptor, engraver, light and kinetic artist
- Dominique Blanchet (born February 15, 1966), Roman Catholic clergyman and Bishop of Belfort-Montbéliard
- Stéphane Traineau (born September 16, 1966), judoka
- Sébastien Duret (* 1980), racing cyclist
- Jean Jullien (born March 14, 1983), graphic artist, illustrator, video artist and photographer
- Simon Pouplin (born May 28, 1985), football goalkeeper
- Le Patrimoine des Communes de Maine-et-Loire . Flohic Editions, Volume 1, Paris 2001, ISBN 2-84234-117-1 , pp. 489-520.
- Historique. Nova CHILD: Association pour la valorisation et l'innovation d'un pole enfant - CCI du Choletais (French, accessed October 9, 2017).