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Lesneven

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Lesneven is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in northwestern France.It lies 24km northeast of Brest, about 12km from the English Channel in the middle of the Leon plateau.HistoryLesneven has its origins in the immigration from southwest Britain in the 5th and 6th centuries, and the name (Les-an-Even) means "court of Even" in Common Brittonic (Llys-Ifan in Welsh) after an alleged military leader of that period. Lesneven was the castle-town controlling Léon during the Middle Ages. The castle is now gone, but many buildings of the 15th-18th centuries are still to be found in the centre. The Museum of Léon is here. The town now functions as a market and service centre for the surrounding rural district.PopulationInhabitants of Lesneven are known in French as Lesneviens.Breton languageThe municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg 18 July 2007.In 2008, 19.08% of primary-school children attended bilingual schools.International relationsTwin towns — Sister citiesLesneven is twinned with: Kežmarok, Slovakia (friendship pact) Carmarthen, Wales As Pontes de García Rodríguez, Spain.
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