Quimper

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Finistère

[fin-uh-stair; French fee-nee-ster]
noun
a department in W France. 2714 sq. mi. (7030 sq. km). Capital: Quimper.
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Finistère (ˌfɪnɪˈstɛə, French finistɛr)
 
n
a department of NW France, at the tip of the Breton peninsula. Capital: Quimper. Pop: 863 798 (2003 est). Area: 7029 sq km (2741 sq miles)

Quimper (French kɛ̃pɛr)
 
n
a city in NW France: capital of Finistère department. Pop: 63 238 (1999)

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quimper

town, capital of Finistere departement, Bretagne region, France, and a port at the estuarine confluence of the Odet and Steir rivers. Once the ancient capital of the countship Cornouaille, it is associated with the legendary (5th century) king Gradlon, who came from Cornwall in Britain. The countship was united with the duchy of Brittany in the 11th century; but the town suffered in local wars of succession and, in 1344, was sacked by Charles de Blois. After the defeat of Charles at Auray (1364), the duchy passed to the House of Montfort

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