Ploërmel (French: [plɔɛʁmɛl] (
The town hall in Ploërmel
Coat of arms
|Coordinates: 47°55′57″N 2°23′46″W|
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Patrick Le Diffon|
|58.44 km2 (22.56 sq mi)|
|• Density||170/km2 (450/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||19–126 m (62–413 ft) |
(avg. 75 m or 246 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Character of the town
The town is both modern and romantically medieval, and has easy access to most parts of Brittany. Ploërmel is set on the edge of the magical Broceliande forest, which legend proclaims is the home of Merlin the Magician, amongst other fantastical characters.
In 1351, during the Breton War of Succession (part of the Hundred Years' War), the town was occupied by the Montfortist faction, supported by the English. The rival French-supported Blois faction controlled nearby Josselin. Two groups of approximately 30 English and French knights staged a tournament at a spot between the two towns, 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, 10 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 the Normandy landings.
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. The Ploërmel Carnival is the largest in central Brittany and is held on Saturdays at the beginning and end of May.
Inhabitants of Ploërmel are called Ploërmelais.
- "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
- Arrêté préfectoral 21 December 2018 (in French)
- memorials in town
- BBC News
- Tom Baker mini-biography
- Carnival Cities
- (in French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
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