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Coordinates: 47°55′57″N 2°23′46″W / 47.9325°N 2.39611111111°W / 47.9325; -2.39611111111

Commune of Ploërmel

Ploermael
Location
Ploërmel is located in France
Ploërmel
Administration
Country France
Region Bretagne
Department Morbihan
Arrondissement Vannes
Canton Ploërmel
Intercommunality Ploërmel
Mayor Béatrice Le Marre
(2008–2014)
Statistics
Elevation 19–106 m (62–350 ft)
(avg. 75 m/250 ft)
Land area1 50.81 km2 (19.62 sq mi)
Population2 7,525  (1999)
 - Density 148 /km2 (380 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 56165/ 56800
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.

Ploërmel (Breton: Ploermael, Gallo language : Pieurmè) is a commune in the Morbihan department in Bretagne in north-western France.

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Character of the town

It is a growing and developing community with a thriving economy and a lively atmosphere. The town is modern rather than romantically mediaeval, but it is clean and attractive and offers a great lifestyle with all amenities and easy access to most parts of Brittany. Ploërmel is set on the edge of the magical Paimpont forest, which legend proclaims is the home of Merlin the Magician, amongst other fantastical characters[1].

History

In 1351, during the Breton War of Succession (part of the Hundred Years' War), two groups of approximately 30 English and French knights staged a tournament near the gates of town, to show their prowess and make money by capturing opponents. The Franco-Breton team eventually won after killing or capturing the Anglo-Breton force. This was later known as the Combat of the Thirty.

In 1944, 9 Resistance fighters were killed by German soldiers. 31 inhabitants were killed, 125 wounded, by the american air raid on the railway station on June 12, during Normandy landings.

On 10 December, 2006, the city unveiled an 8.75 m tall statue of Pope John Paul II. It was a gift by Russo-Georgian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, and has sparked some controversy over the separation of Church and State[2].

The town gave its name to a monastic order, the Brothers of Ploërmel.[3] The Doctor Who actor Tom Baker was a monk of the order for a while in Jersey.[4]

In 2008 from May 24 till 1 June, 2008 the City of Ploërmel became the first City in France to host the International Federation of Carnival Cities Congress[5]. The Ploërmel Carnival is the largest in central Brittany and is held on Saturdays at the beginning and end of May.

Demographics

Inhabitants of Ploërmel are called Ploërmelais.

Breton language

In 2007, just 2.6% of the town's children received either Breton-medium or bilingual education.[6]

Twin towns

Cultural references

Ploërmel was one of the favourite places of the South African-born British female composer, Priaulx Rainier. She evoked the place in her work for winds and percussion, Ploërmel (1973).

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