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La Rochelle
Prefecture and commune
Old harbour of La Rochelle
Old harbour of La Rochelle
Coat of arms of La Rochelle
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Charente-Maritime
Arrondissement La Rochelle
Intercommunality CA La Rochelle
Area1 28.43 km2 (10.98 sq mi)
Population (2012) 80,014
 • Density 2,814.4/km2 (7,289.3/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
INSEE/Postal code 17300 /17000
Elevation 0–28 m (0–92 ft)
(avg. 4 m or 13 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

La Rochelle is a city in the Charente-Maritime department and a seaport in western France near the Bay of Biscay. The Huguenots there rebelled in 1627 and 1628.

La Rochelle Business School is in the city.

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