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Pontivy is a commune in the Morbihan department in Brittany in north-western France. It lies at the confluence of the river Blavet and the Canal de Nantes à Brest.HistoryA monk called Ivy built a bridge nearby over the river Blavet in the 7th century, and the town is named after him ("pont-Ivi" being the Breton for "Ivy's bridge"). From November 9, 1804, the name was changed to Napoléonville after Napoléon Bonaparte, under whom it had around 3,000 inhabitants. After his downfall, it was renamed Pontivy again, then later Bourbonville, and Napoléonville again after Napoléon III came to power.EconomyThis is a largely agricultural town.DemographicsInhabitants of Pontivy are called Pontivyens.Breton languageThe municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg on 8 August 2004. As part of that plan, all road signs in the town centre are bilingual.In 2008, 11.34% of the children in the town attended the bilingual schools in primary education.SightsThe castle of Rohan (with its moat) (late XVe).The Notre-Dame-de-Joie basilica. The Saint Joseph church. EventsEvery year the final round of Kan ar Bobl, a Breton music competition.
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