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Redon

For other uses, see Redon (disambiguation).
Redon

Vilaine River
Redon
Redon

Coordinates: 47°39′08″N 2°05′01″W / 47.6522°N 2.0836°W / 47.6522; -2.0836Coordinates: 47°39′08″N 2°05′01″W / 47.6522°N 2.0836°W / 47.6522; -2.0836

Country France
Region Brittany
Department Ille-et-Vilaine
Arrondissement Redon
Canton Redon
Intercommunality Pays de Redon
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Vincent Bourguet (DVD)
Area
 • Land1 15.09 km2 (5.83 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 9,493
 • Population2 density 630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 35236 / 35600
Elevation 0–73 m (0–240 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.


Redon (French pronunciation: ​[ʁə.dɔ̃]) is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in northwestern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department.

Geography

Redon borders the Morbihan and Loire-Atlantique departments.

It is situated at the junction of the Oust and Vilaine rivers, which makes it well known for its autumn and winter floods.

History

Very little information exists about this area before 832, however it would seem that there was a parish by the name of Riedones which gave the town its name. In 832, Conwoion, a Breton monk with the help of the Carolingian Emperor Louis le Pieux founded the abbey of Saint-Sauveur de Redon. Today, documents relating to the life of the abbey still exist.

The town developed around the abbey until a small rural community of 6,000 inhabitants was formed in the 1960s.

In the Middle Ages, Redon benefited from maritime commerce due to its location on the Vilaine.

Population

Inhabitants of Redon are called Redonnais in French.

Breton language

The municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg on 10 October 2008.

In 2008, 14.31% of primary-school children attended bilingual schools.[1]

Economy

  • Cargill Texturising Systems - A pectin factory
  • Faurecia, subsidiary of Peugeot-Citroën.
  • Bic - business making lighters, razors and pens among other things (with only lighters being made in Redon)
  • Eis

Cultural life

  • Fête de la Chataigne (sweet chestnut festival) in October.
  • Festival de la Bogue d'Or (Festival of songs and music from Upper Brittany)
  • On Monday 4 July, the third stage of the 2011 Tour de France ended in Redon. The 198 km (123 mi) stage, which was won by Tyler Farrar, was the first time the Tour had passed through Redon.

International relations

Twin towns – Sister cities

Redon is twinned with:

See also

Brittany portal

References

  • INSEE

External links

  • Official Site of Redon (French)
  • French Ministry of Culture list for Redon (French)


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