Redon, Ille-et-Vilaine

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Redon
Vilaine River
Vilaine River
Redon is located in France
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 (2014–2020) Pascal Duchêne
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[edit]

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.

A street in Redon

History[edit]

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[edit]

Inhabitants of Redon are called Redonnais in French.

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1962 8,876 —    
1968 9,363 +5.5%
1975 9,649 +3.1%
1982 9,170 −5.0%
1990 9,260 +1.0%
1999 9,499 +2.6%
2009 9,493 −0.1%

Breton language[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Redon is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
  2. ^ "British towns twinned with French towns". Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 

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