Cholet is a commune with 54 421 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2011 ) in the department of Maine -et -Loire in the Pays de la Loire. The city is drained by the river Moine.



The Choletais is an industrial region. Originally a textile region, have now settled 450 small and medium-sized companies as well as some large companies such as Michelin ( tire manufacturing ), Thales ( avionics ), Eram ( footwear ), Nicoll ( plastics industry ), Brioche Pasquier ( brioche ), and others. The city is a growth pole children, which means industry and research concentrate more on products such as baby food, fashion, furniture, maintenance, etc.


  • Oldenburg in Lower Saxony ( Germany ), since 1985
  • Denia ( Spain), since 1996
  • Solihull ( UK), since 1999
  • Dorohoi (Romania ), since 2000

With the following cities Cholet maintains different cooperations:

  • Sao ( Burkina Faso), since 1999
  • Araya (Lebanon), since 2003
  • Pierre- De Saurel (Canada), since 2004


On 9 July 2008, the fourth stage of the Tour de France was staged in the form of a time trial over 29.5 kilometers in Cholet. The basketball club Cholet Basket in 2010 was the first time French champion. There is also a racecourse on both flat and hurdle races are held. The football players of Stade Olympique Choletais have played a good role in France in amateur times and the mid-1970s were for a season even represented in the second division.