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Pour information vous trouverez , ci-après , copie du courrier adressé par l'OBE à la direction du National Geographic suite à la publication d'un livre sur la Bretagne ne couvrant que 4 départements et "oubliant" le Pays Nantais . L'OBE vous invite à faire parvenir des mails de protestation au National Geographic -
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Pour information vous trouverez , ci-après , copie du courrier adressé par l'OBE à la direction du National Geographic suite à la publication d'un livre sur la Bretagne ne couvrant que 4 départements et "oubliant" le Pays Nantais . L'OBE vous invite à faire parvenir des mails de protestation au National Geographic - aux USA : ngsforum [at] nationalgeographic.com - à Paris : fkerlo [at] ngm-f.com Le bureau de l'OBE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Unvaniezh Bretoned ar Bed Organisation des Bretons de l'Extérieur Breton Worldwide Congress 10/19/2003 Gentlemen , May we introduce ourselves : We are the Organisation des Bretons de l'Etranger (OBE, Organization of Bretons Living Abroad). We represent tens of thousands of Bretons living throughout the world, many of them in the United States. A recent book published by National Geographic - France, titled BRETAGNE (BRITTANY) has received our attention and we wish to contribute to improve on a second edition if there is to be one. The book in question, in its first edition, addresses only a part of historical Brittany. The major city of Nantes and the area surrounding it, which conceivably would have brought you a large number of sales, were omitted from the book. And yet, that city has always been a part of Brittany ( and indeed was its capital city) by virtue of a treaty signed by both sides, Bretons and Francs, dating back to ... 841 ! From that time on Brittany remained whole, until 1941 (during the nazi occupation) when the collaborationist government of marshal Petain decreed to separate that region from Brittany. Please note that region was the most industrialized part of Brittany , and you will not fail to note a similarity with the British government separating Ulster, the most industrialized part of Ireland, from that country. Successive French governments from the end of the nazi occupation to this day, have failed to bring back the Nantes region to Brittany, in defiance of a human and cultural identity in existence for over a thousand years. Major Breton venues are ignored by the book : for example, the naval yard of Saint Nazaire, where the world's largest cruise ship, the Queen Mary II was built and has just been launched. The original name of the site was "Penhouet" a breton word meaning "Edge of the Woods". the best known historical monument of Nantes is its castle, known as "The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany" many place names of that region attest to their belonging in Brittany. You will find attached a list of towns and cities which, for many of them, their pertaining to Brittany is evidenced by the fact that their name is followed by "de Bretagne" ("in Brittany") so as to avoid confusion with other places not in Brittany : Fay-de-Bretagne, Montoir-de-Bretagne , Sainte Reine-de-Bretagne, Le Temple-de-Bretagne, Vigneux-de-Bretagne, La Meilleraye-de-Bretagne etc ... Other place names of the same area have a celtic-breton origin, and not latin-french. We would be happy to be in a position to contribute to promote such a fine book published by National Geographic, and may we in this respect draw your attention to a similar book , titled "LA BRETAGNE", published by your competitor Atlas, and which covers all of historical Brittany. We have every faith that the next edition of your own book will follow that example. Doing so could in no way be held objectionable by any authority, be it French or other : any cultural publication addressing historical Brittany, i.e. including the Nantes region, is in conformity with the Cultural Chart for Brittany, signed by the then President of France, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, in October 1977. The Chart clearly specifies that it covers all of historical Brittany; it applies to the press, book publishing, and any other media. Thank you for your kind attention to this matter. For the O.B.E. , Pierre-Yves Conan Chairman ---------------------------------------------------------------- www.bretonsdumonde.org info [at] bretonsdumonde.org Délégation Générale 106, ch. de la Côte-du-Moulin 78620 L'Etang-la-Ville France Tél: (00-33) 1-39-58-48-86 Fax: (00-33) 1-39-58-68-51

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