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Two girls chatting under the clock tower in the attractive town of Gensac, in the département of Gironde in Aquitaine, South-western France.

The small town of Gensac sits on the slopes of the Dordogne River half-way between Castillon la Bataille et de Sainte-Foy la Grande. The commune, which bears the same name is on the edge of the Entre Deux Mers vineyards, which are in the southern part of the Bordeaux wine region. The local AOC wine is called Sainte-Foy Bordeaux.

With a population of around 850, its inhabitants are known as Gensacais / Gensacaises

The origin of the name apparently comes from the town's latin motto Gens acutat tenet, which can be translated as 'people who resist' or 'people who have courage'.

There is no trace of any settlement here prior to the Middle Ages, when Eleanor of Aquitaine brought the lands of Aquitaine into the hands of the English on her marriage to the future Henry II in 1152. As part of a general process of fortification of the area against incursions by the French, a citadel and village was constructed at Gensac. The town remained in the hands of the English until the battle of Castillon in 1453, which brought the 'Hundred Years War' to an end.

The above information is extracted and freely translated from a quite lengthy article about Gensac on the French Wikipedea site. Those French speakers, who wish to learn more about the town can click here.

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