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Fougères is a commune and a sub-prefecture of the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in northwestern France.Its inhabitants are called the Fougerais. At the 2012 census Fougères had 20,040 inhabitants. The Fougères area comprises approximately 88,000 inhabitants and is currently in a process of growth, unlike the town centre.HistoryToponymyFougères is a town on the edge of Brittany, Maine and Normandy and named after a fern (see also fougère), or from fous which means fossé (in Brittany and Normandy, a gap is a terrace of land formed by the excavations made on each side of the terrace, and serving as a separation between two properties).The town of Fougères is mentioned in the chorus of the song, by Gilles Servat. The author uses it as a symbol of the Breton resistance where it is adjacent to the town of Clisson in the Loire-Atlantique.Fougères is historically, since the arrival of Latin in Armorica, a Gallo word in which the territory is called Foujerr. Its Breton name is Felger. Entry signs to the agglomeration have carried this name for several years. One of the two bagad of the city takes this name: and the Diwan school, opened in 2013, is also called Skol Diwan bro Felger.
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