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Coordinates: 47¬į52‚Ä≤34‚Ä≥N 3¬į55‚Ä≤04‚Ä≥WÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ47.876111¬įN 3.917778¬įWÔĽŅ / 47.876111; -3.917778

Commune of Concarneau

Concarneau overfly.jpg
Concarneau's harbor and downtown
Concarneau is located in France
Country France
Region Bretagne
Department Finistère
Arrondissement Quimper
Canton Concarneau
Intercommunality Communes de Concarneau-Cornouaille
Mayor André Fidelin
Elevation 0‚Äď36 m (0‚Äď120 ft)
Land area1 41.08 km2 (15.86 sq mi)
Population2 19,953  (2006)
 - Density 486 /km2 (1,260 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 29039/ 29900
Website Official website
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km¬≤ (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Concarneau (Breton: Konk Kerne, meaning Bay of Cornwall) is a commune in the Finistère department in Bretagne in north-western France.

The town has two distinct areas: the modern town on the mainland and the medieval Ville Close, a walled town on a long island in the centre of the harbour. Historically, the old town was a centre of shipbuilding. The Ville Close is now devoted to tourism with many restaurants and shops aimed at tourists. However restraint has been shown in resisting the worst excesses of souvenir shops. Also in the Ville Close is the fishing museum. The Ville Close is connected to the town by a drawbridge and at the other end a ferry to the village of Lanriec on the other side of the harbour.

In August the town holds the annual Fête des Filets Bleus (Festival of the blue nets). The festival named after the traditional blue nets of Concarneau's fishing fleet, is a celebration of Breton and pan-Celtic culture. Such festival can occur throughout Brittany but the Filets Bleus is one of the oldest and largest attracting in excess of a thousand costumed participants with many times the number of observers. In 2005, the 100th festival was celebrated.

Concarneau was also the setting for Belgian mystery writer Georges Simenon's 1931 novel Le Chien jaune (The Yellow Dog), featuring his celebrated sleuth Maigret.



Fishing, particularly for tuna, has long been the primary economic activity in Concarneau. Concarneau is one of the biggest fishing ports in France. Since the 1980s, other industries have arisen, such as boat construction and summer tourism.

The Ville Close separates the working port from the yacht basin.


Inhabitants of Concarneau are called Concarnois.

At the 2006 census, the population of the town was 19,953.

Breton language

In 2007, there were 1.7% of the children who attended the bilingual schools in primary education.[1]

Famous residents



See also


  1. ^ (French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue

External links


1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

CONCARNEAU, a fishing port of western France in the department of Finistere, 14 m. by road S.E. of Quimper. Pop. (1906) 7887. The town occupies a picturesque situation on an inlet opening into the Bay of La Foret. The old portion stands on an island, and is surrounded by ramparts, parts of which are believed to date from the 14th century. It is an important centre of the sardine, mackerel and lobster fisheries. Sardine-preserving, boat-building and the manufacture of sardine-boxes are carried on.

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