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Trip Planner Europe  /  France  /  Normandy  /  Basse-Normandie  /  Manche  /  Pontorson
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Things to do: sightseeing, outdoors
Pontorson is a commune in the Manche department in north-western France.GeographyPontorson is situated about 10 kilometres from the Mount, to which it is connected by highway and a walking path along the river Couesnon. The river also gives its name to the town's main street.HistoryThe town was founded in the 12th century after a vow by William the Conqueror. It was home to a fortress, which was razed to the ground in 1623 by order of King Louis XIII of France.During World War II, after the liberation of the area by Allied Forces in 1944, engineers of the Ninth Air Force IX Engineering Command began construction of a combat Advanced Landing Ground outside of the town. Declared operational on 10 August, the airfield was designated as "A-28", it was used by the 368th Fighter Group which flew P-47 Thunderbolts until early September when the unit moved into Central France. Afterward, the airfield was closed.Frantz Fanon practiced psychiatry at Pontorson in the early 1950s.In 1990, Pontorson twinned with the village of Highworth in England.
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