Originally called Faya, the town was renamed Largeau after French Colonel Étienne Largeau; upon Chadian independence from France, it assumed the name Faya-Largeau. The town was captured by Libya when Libya annexed the Aouzou Strip in 1975, but was retaken by Hissène Habré's forces in 1980. Libya recaptured Faya-Largeau in 1983, but retreated in 1987.
Due to the considerable underground water supply in the town, the main industry is agriculture, while three lakes lie immediately north of Faya-Largeau. The town is serviced by Faya-Largeau Airport (IATA: FYT, ICAO: FTTY) with a paved runway.
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