From Wikiquote
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Brest (French pronunciation: [bʁɛst] (listen (help·info) );[1] Breton pronunciation: [bʀest][2]) is a port city in the Finistère department, Brittany. Located in a sheltered bay not far from the western tip of the peninsula, and the western extremity of metropolitan France,[3] Brest is an important harbour and the second French military port after Toulon. The city is located on the western edge of continental France. With 142,722 inhabitants in a 2007 census, Brest forms Western Brittany's largest metropolitan area (with a population of 300,300 in total), ranking third behind only Nantes and Rennes in the whole of historic Brittany, and the 19th most populous city in France; moreover, Brest provides services to the one million inhabitants of Western Brittany.[4] Although Brest is by far the largest city in Finistère, the préfecture (regional capital) of the department is the much smaller Quimper. The demonym of its people is Brestois.


  • He is not the Duke of Brittany who is not the Lord of Brest.

See also[edit]

  • Encyclopedic article on Brest on Wikipedia
  1. Wells, John C. (2008), Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd ed.), Longman, ISBN 9781405881180 
  2. Nouvel atlas linguistique de la Basse-Bretagne, 2001, Volume 1, map 6.
  3. Stina Backer (31 March 2018). Brest, France: What to see and do. CNN Travel.
  4. – Brest perspectives Archived 3 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine