Concarneau is a commune
Communes of France
The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes are roughly equivalent to incorporated municipalities or villages in the United States or Gemeinden in Germany...

 in the Finistère
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 department of Brittany in north-western France
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The town 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. The Ville Close is now devoted to tourism with many restaurants and shops aimed at tourists. However restraint has been shown in resisting the worst excesses of souvenir shops. Also in the Ville Close is the fishing museum. The Ville Close is connected to the town by a drawbridge 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 festival can occur throughout Brittany
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 but the Filets Bleus is one of the oldest and largest attracting in excess of a thousand costumed participants with many times the number of observers. In 2005, the 100th festival was celebrated.


Concarneau was the setting for Belgian mystery writer Georges Simenon
Georges Simenon
Georges Joseph Christian Simenon was a Belgian writer. A prolific author who published nearly 200 novels and numerous short works, Simenon is best known for the creation of the fictional detective Maigret.-Early life and education:...

's 1931
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 novel Le Chien jaune (The Yellow Dog
Maigret and the Yellow Dog
Maigret and the Yellow Dog is a detective novel by the Belgian writer Georges Simenon.-Overview:M. Mostaguen, the wine dealer at Concarneau, is wounded by a gunshot when returning home drunk from the local Admiral Hotel and Maigret, who is organizing the mobile squad in Rennes, is called in by the...

), featuring his celebrated sleuth Maigret
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Fishing is the activity of trying to catch wild fish. Fish are normally caught in the wild. Techniques for catching fish include hand gathering, spearing, netting, angling and trapping....

, particularly for tuna
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, has long been the primary economic activity in Concarneau. The Les Mouettes d'Arvor
Les Mouettes d'Arvor
-History:The ‘Les Mouettes d'Arvor’ Gonidec canning factory is one of last traditional canning factories. Built in 1959 by Jacques Gonidec, the company used the brand name ‘Les Mouettes d’Arvor’ and worked from a small workshop in the Passage-Lanriec in Concarneau.In 1995, Les Mouettes d'Arvor’...

 is one of last traditional canning factory 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
French language
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  • Michel Desjoyeaux
    Michel Desjoyeaux
    Michel Desjoyeaux Michel Desjoyeaux Michel Desjoyeaux (born 16 July 1965, in Concarneau, is a French sailor, known for competing successfully in several long-distance single-handed races...

    , navigator
  • Samantha (Sam) Davies, sailor
  • Guy Cotten
    Guy Cotten
    Guy Cotten is a French businessman, born in Saint-Yvi . In 1969 he created at Concarneau, his own business called GUY COTTEN, a company specialising in commercial fishing clothes, which became famous for its yellow oilskin item.The company sells clothing and personal equipment in areas such as the...

    , founder of a clothes factory
  • Stéphane Guivarc'h
    Stéphane Guivarc'h
    Stéphane Guivarc'h is a retired French footballer that played as striker. He featured in the France squad that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup on home soil....

    , French footballer, won the FIFA World Cup 1998 with the French national side
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International relations

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, Germany
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 since 1969 M'bour
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, Senegal
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 since 1974 Penzance
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, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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since 1982

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