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Lorient is a commune and a seaport of France, in the Morbihan département, of which it is a sous-préfecture. Population: city: 61,844; urban area: 186,144.


At the beginning of the 17th century, merchants who were doing business with India had established warehouses in Port-Louis. They later built additional ones across the bay in 1628, at the location which later became Lorient.

Later, the French East India Company, founded in 1664 and chartered by King Louis XIV, established shipyards there, thus giving an impetus to the development of the city.

The place was called L'Orient (the Orient in French).


Lorient is located by the Atlantic ocean.


Lorient was the birthplace of Jules Simon (1814-1896), statesman and philosopher.

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