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Ploërmel (Breton:
Ploermael) is a

commune
of
France,
in the
Morbihan


département
, in the

Brittany


région
.It is a growing and developing community with a
thriving economy and a lively atmosphere. The town is modern rather than
romantically mediaeval, but it is clean and attractive and offers a
great lifestyle with all amenities and easy access to most parts of
Brittany. Ploërmel is set on the edge of the magical

Paimpont forest
, which legend proclaims is the home of

Merlin
the Magician, amongst other fantastical characters[1].
In 1351,
during the

Breton War of Succession
(part of the

Hundred Years' War
), two groups of approximately 30 English and
French knights staged a tournament near the gates of town, to show their
prowess and make money by capturing opponents. The French team
eventually won after killing or capturing the English force. This was
later known as the

Combat of the Thirty
.
On

10 December

2006
, the city unveiled an 8.75 m tall statue of

Pope John Paul II
. It was a gift by
Russo-Georgian
sculptor

Zurab Tsereteli
, and has sparked some controversy over the
separation of Church and State[2].
The town gave its name to a monastic order, the Brothers of Ploërmel.[3]
The

Doctor Who
actor
Tom
Baker
was a monk of the order for a while in
Jersey.[4]
In 2008 from May 24th till June 1st, 2008 the City of Ploërmel became
the first City in France to host the International Federation of

Carnival
Cities Congress[5].
The Ploërmel Carnival is the largest in central Brittany and is held on
Saturdays at the beginning and end of May.
Adopted 19JUN-2008 from
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ploërmel
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