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They were meant to keep the Basques in check and defend the mouth of the Garonne from the Vikings when the latter appeared c. In Autumn 845, count Seguin II marched on the Vikings assaulting Bordeaux and Saintes, but was captured and put to death.
No bishops were mentioned during the whole 8th century and part of the 9th in Bordeaux.
Together with its suburbs and satellite towns, Bordeaux is the centre of the Bordeaux Métropole.
With 760,933 inhabitants (as of 2014) and 1,195,335 in the metropolitan area, it is the sixth largest in France, after Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse and Lille.
The city fell under Roman rule around 60 BC, its importance lying in the commerce of tin and lead towards Rome.The term "Bordelais" may also refer to the city and its surrounding region.Bordeaux is the world's major wine industry capital.After Duke Eudes's defeat, the Aquitanian duke could still save part of its troops and keep his grip on Aquitaine after the Battle of Poitiers.In 735, the Aquitanian duke Hunald led a rebellion after his father Eudes's death, at which Charles responded by sending an expedition that captured and plundered Bordeaux again, but it was not retained for long.