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Poitou-Charentes is a region of France. It is in the west, bordering the Atlantic. Its capital is Poitiers. 1.7 million people live in the region, about 88,000 of them in Poitiers.

The departments in the region are Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and Vienne.

The region is well known for making wines, but is better known for its spirits, such as Cognac and Pineau. There is also some tourism, and a little agriculture.

The regional president of Poitou-Charantes is Ségolenè Royal; the head of the Socialist Party in France and defeated presidential candidate in the 2007 elections.

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