Redon, Ille-et-Vilaine

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Subprefecture and commune
The town hall and tower of the abbey
The town hall and tower of the abbey
Coat of arms of Redon
Coat of arms
Redon is located in France
Location within Brittany region
Redon is located in Brittany
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
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Thomas Dectot
Area1 15.09 km2 (5.83 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 9,493
 • Density 630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
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]; Breton pronunciation: [ˈreːdõn]) is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in northwestern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department.


Redon borders the Morbihan and Loire-Atlantique departments.

It is situated at the junction of the Oust and Vilaine rivers and Nantes-Brest canal, which makes it well known for its autumn and winter floods.

It is located at 50km from Nantes, Rennes, Vannes and their airports

The town has a station whose connects Quimper and Rennes then Paris in 2h05

Lock's port of Redon


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.


Inhabitants of Redon are called Redonnais / Redonnaises in French.

Historical population

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]


  • 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]


  1. ^ (in 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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