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Coordinates: 47°52′34″N 3°55′04″W / 47.8761°N 3.9178°W / 47.8761; -3.9178
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Concarneau's harbour and centre
Concarneau's harbour and centre
Flag of Concarneau
Coat of arms of Concarneau
Location of Concarneau
Concarneau is located in France
Concarneau is located in Brittany
Coordinates: 47°52′34″N 3°55′04″W / 47.8761°N 3.9178°W / 47.8761; -3.9178
IntercommunalityConcarneau Cornouaille Agglomération
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Marc Bigot[1]
41.08 km2 (15.86 sq mi)
 • Density500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
29039 /29900
Elevation0–36 m (0–118 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Concarneau (Breton: Konk-Kerne, meaning "Bay of Cornouaille") is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in Northwestern France.[3] Concarneau is bordered to the west by the Baie de La Forêt.

The city has two distinct areas: the modern town on the mainland and the medieval Ville Close, a walled town on a long island in the centre of the harbour. Historically, the old town was a centre of shipbuilding; its ramparts date from the 14th century.[3] The Ville Close is now devoted to tourism with many restaurants and shops aimed at tourists. However restraint has been shown in resisting the excesses of souvenir shops. Also in the Ville Close is the fishing museum. The Ville Close is connected to the town by a bridge and at the other end a ferry to the village of Lanriec on the other side of the harbour.


In August the town holds the annual Fête des Filets Bleus (Festival of the blue nets). The festival, named after the traditional blue nets of Concarneau's fishing fleet, is a celebration of Breton and pan-Celtic culture. Such festivals can occur throughout Brittany but the Filets Bleus is one of the oldest and largest, attracting in excess of a thousand participants in traditional dress with many times that number of observers. In 2005, the 100th festival was celebrated.


Concarneau was the setting for Belgian mystery writer Georges Simenon's 1931 novel Le Chien jaune (The Yellow Dog), featuring his celebrated sleuth Maigret.


Fishing, particularly for tuna, has long been the primary economic activity in Concarneau. The Les Mouettes d'Arvor is one of the last traditional canning factories in Concarneau. Concarneau is one of the biggest fishing ports in France. Since the 1980s, other industries have arisen, such as boat construction and summer tourism.

The Ville Close separates the working port from the yacht basin.



Inhabitants of Concarneau are called in French Concarnois (masculine) and Concarnoises (feminine).

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1793 2,000—    
1800 1,561−3.48%
1806 1,608+0.50%
1821 1,511−0.41%
1831 1,843+2.01%
1836 1,816−0.29%
1841 1,984+1.79%
1846 2,100+1.14%
1851 2,289+1.74%
1856 2,372+0.71%
1861 2,767+3.13%
1866 3,555+5.14%
1872 4,463+3.86%
1876 4,745+1.54%
1881 5,191+1.81%
1886 5,684+1.83%
1891 5,991+1.06%
1896 6,500+1.64%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1901 7,635+3.27%
1906 8,007+0.96%
1911 7,263−1.93%
1921 6,170−1.62%
1926 5,995−0.57%
1931 5,815−0.61%
1936 5,878+0.22%
1946 10,519+5.99%
1954 10,341−0.21%
1962 15,907+5.53%
1968 17,801+1.89%
1975 18,759+0.75%
1982 17,984−0.60%
1990 18,630+0.44%
1999 19,453+0.48%
2009 19,352−0.05%
2014 19,199−0.16%
2020 20,209+0.86%
Source: EHESS[4] and INSEE (1968–2020)[5]

Breton language[edit]

In 2008, 2.16% of primary-school children attended bilingual schools, where Breton language is taught alongside French.[6]


The football club US Concarneau is based in the town.


International relations[edit]

Twinned towns:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 9 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2021" (in French). The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2023.
  3. ^ a b Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Concarneau" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 6 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 823.
  4. ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Concarneau, EHESS (in French).
  5. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  6. ^ (in French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue

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