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La Haye en Touraine


The city hall

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 46°58′28″N 0°41′55″E / 46.9744°N 0.6986°E / 46.9744; 0.6986Coordinates: 46°58′28″N 0°41′55″E / 46.9744°N 0.6986°E / 46.9744; 0.6986

Country France
Region Centre
Department Indre-et-Loire
Arrondissement Loches
Canton Descartes
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacques Barbier
 • Land1 38.08 km2 (14.70 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 3,817
 • Population2 density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 37115 / 37160
Elevation 37–121 m (121–397 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Descartes is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. It is approximately 13 miles east of Richelieu and about 24 miles east of Loudun, on the banks of the Creuze River.


Initially called La Haye en Touraine, the town was the birthplace of the philosopher René Descartes (1596–1650), although his family home was in nearby Chatellerault. Descartes left La Haye in approximately 1606 to attend the College Henri IV at La Fleche.[1] The town was renamed La Haye-Descartes in 1802 in his honor, and then renamed again to Descartes in 1967.



The town is notable in Acadian genealogy as the birthplace of the Heberts.

See also


  • INSEE commune file
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