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A general view of Molène
A general view of Molène
Île-Molène is located in France
Coordinates: 48°23′50″N 4°57′20″W / 48.3972°N 4.9556°W / 48.3972; -4.9556Coordinates: 48°23′50″N 4°57′20″W / 48.3972°N 4.9556°W / 48.3972; -4.9556
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Finistère
Arrondissement Brest
Canton Saint-Renan
Intercommunality Pays d'Iroise
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Daniel Masson
Area1 0.75 km2 (0.29 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 214
 • Density 290/km2 (740/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 29084 /29259
Elevation 0–26 m (0–85 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.

Molène (Breton: Molenez) is an island off the west coast of Brittany and one of the Ponant Islands, the largest of an archipelago of some twenty islands. Administratively, it is part of a commune of the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France, the commune of Île-Molène, which also comprises several neighbouring islets.


The island is small, less than 1 by 0.9 km (0.56 mi), and has an area of 75 hectares. The community and only port are located to the east of the island, opposite a small island called the Lédénes of Molène that becomes connected at low tide.


Inhabitants of Île-Molène are called in French Molénais. The population has declined in recent decades, but Molène remains inhabited, with a population of 169 (2013 census).

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 596 —    
1968 527 −11.6%
1975 397 −24.7%
1982 330 −16.9%
1990 277 −16.1%
1999 264 −4.7%
2008 214 −18.9%
2013 169 −21.0%


The island's electricity is produced by a small diesel generator. Potable water supplies are from rainwater catchment, with each household additionally maintaining its own cistern.

A local delicacy is Molène sausage, which has the distinction of being smoked with seaweed.

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