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Coordinates: 48°21′09″N 1°11′55″W / 48.3525°N 1.19861°W / 48.3525; -1.19861

Commune of Fougères

Felger
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View of the old town and the castle
Location
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Map highlighting the commune of
Coordinates 48°21′09″N 1°11′55″W / 48.3525°N 1.19861°W / 48.3525; -1.19861
Administration
Country France
Region Bretagne
Department Ille-et-Vilaine
Arrondissement Fougères
Canton Canton of Fougères-Nord and Canton of Fougères-Sud
Intercommunality Fougères
Mayor Louis Feuvrier (DVG)
(2008–2014)
Statistics
Elevation 62–171 m (200–560 ft)
(avg. 97 m/320 ft)
Land area1 10.47 km2 (4.04 sq mi)
Population2 21,779  (1999)
 - Density 2,080 /km2 (5,400 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 35115/ 35300
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (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.

Fougères (Felger in Breton, Foujerr in Gallo) is a commune and a sub-prefecture of the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Bretagne in north-western France.

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Sights

Château

Fougères' major monument is a medieval stronghold built atop a granite ledge, which was part of the ultimately unsuccessful defence system of the Duchy of Brittany against French aggression, and part of a tripartate with Vitré

Fougères also has one of only three belfries in Brittany. Its location serves as the center of the weekend market. The belfry, built 1397, has symbolic importance funded by local merchants it allowed ordinary people access to timekeeping previously the preserve of the church and nobility. Fougères is a town of Art and History.

A sizable section of the town walls survive stretching from the château in the lower town up the hill to surround the upper town. The citizens in the lower town were outside the fortifications and had to retreat into the fortress in times of trouble.

Economy

There used to be an important shoemaking industry which is now almost extinct. There was also an important glass making industry.

During the Middle Ages, salt was heavily taxed and was imported from the Breton regions to the rest of France. Fougeres was made a stronghold for "salt smugglers," who would creep along the wall of the city with confiscated salt, to sell in other regions. There is a communal garden in modern Fougeres that commemorates this interesting and little known fact.

Demographics

Inhabitants of Fougères are called Fougerais.

Change in population
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999
24,279 26,045 26,610 24,362 22,239 21,779
From the year 1962 on: population without double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) only counted once.

Notable people

Fougères was the birthplace of:

Twin towns

Fougères is twinned with:

Picture gallery

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