10 Facts About Saint-Malo


Saint-Malo is a historic French port in Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, on the English Channel coast.

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Saint-Malo is the setting of Marie de France's poem "Laustic, " a 12th-century love story.

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Saint-Malo became notorious as the home of the corsairs, French privateers and sometimes pirates.

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In 1758, the Raid on Saint-Malo saw a British expedition land, intending to capture the town.

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In World War II, during fighting in late August and early September 1944, the historic walled city of Saint-Malo was almost totally destroyed by fires lit by German troops as well as American shelling and bombing.

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Saint-Malo said he "would defend St Malo to the last man even if the last man had to be himself".

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Saint-Malo was rebuilt over a 12-year period from 1948 to 1960.

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Saint-Malo was the site of an Anglo-French summit in 1998 that led to a significant agreement regarding European defence policy.

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Saint-Malo is part of Ille-et-Vilaine's 7th constituency, and is currently represented in the National Assembly by Republicans Member of Parliament, Gilles Lurton.

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Saint-Malo has a terminal for ferry services with daily departures to Portsmouth operated by Brittany Ferries and services on most days Poole in England via the Channel Islands operated by Condor Ferries.

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