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Location of Jersey within Europe.

Jersey, officially the Bailiwick of Jersey, French: Bailliage de Jersey (/ˈɜːrzi/, French: [ʒɛʁzɛ]; Jèrriais: Jèrri), is a British Crown Dependency off the coast of Normandy, France. As well as the island of Jersey itself, the bailiwick includes two groups of small islands that are no longer permanently inhabited, the Minquiers and Écréhous, and the Pierres de Lecq and other rocks and reefs.

The island is one of the eight inhabited islands of the Channel Islands.

In the 2011 census, the total resident population was estimated to be 97,857, of whom 34% live in St Helier, the island's only town.

The government is a Council of Ministers, consisting of a Chief Minister and nine ministers.

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Battery Lothringen, Noirmont Point.
The Channel Islands were occupied by Nazi Germany for much of World War II, from 30 June 1940 until the liberation on 9 May 1945. The Channel Islands are two British Crown dependencies in the English Channel, near the coast of Normandy. The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be invaded and occupied by German forces during the war.


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Victor Hugo in exile in Jersey.
Victor Hugo, in full Victor-Marie Hugo, was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist who was the most important of the French Romantic writers.

When Louis Napoleon (Napoleon III) seized complete power in 1851, establishing an anti-parliamentary constitution, Hugo openly declared him a traitor to France. He relocated to Brussels, then Jersey, from where he was expelled for supporting a Jersey newspaper that had criticised Queen Victoria and finally settled with his family at Hauteville House in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey, where he would live in exile from October 1855 until 1870.

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Le Pinacle in the north west of Jersey. An archaeological site. At the base of the natural monolithic stack are the remains of a Gallo-Roman fanum (small shrine) and Neolithic and Bronze Age ramparts. Iron Age finds have also been identified.

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