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Flag of Saint-Étienne
Coat of arms of Saint-Étienne
Saint-Étienne is located in France
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Loire
Canton Chief town of 9 cantons
Intercommunality Saint-Étienne Métropole
Mayor Maurice Vincent (PS)
Elevation 422–1,117 m (1,385–3,665 ft)
(avg. 516 m/1,693 ft)
Land area1 79.97 km2 (30.88 sq mi)
Population2 178,530  (2007 estimate)
 - Ranking 16th in France
 - Density 2,232/km2 (5,780/sq mi)
Time zone CET (GMT +1)
INSEE/Postal code 42218/ 42000, 42100
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.
Coordinates: 45°26′05″N 4°23′25″E / 45.4347°N 4.3903°E / 45.4347; 4.3903

Saint-Étienne is a city in France. It is southwest of Lyon. It is the capital of the Loire département. About 180.000 people live there. It was first mentioned in 1258 as Sancti Stephani de Furanum. From about the 14th century, the importance of the city grew because of the arms that were made there. Jules Massenet was born near Saint-Étienne.

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