• June 26, 2014

News from Celtic League

The General Secretary (GS) has written to the French authorities ahead of a planned demonstration in Nantes this Saturday (28th June 2014) in support of Breton reunification.

The demonstration has been planned in an attempt to influence the French government to reconsider its position regarding Breton reunification at a time when the territorial reform of the French state is being seriously discussed. With the slogan ‘Oui à la démocratie ! non à la disparition de la Bretagne ! pour une région  cohérente, égalitaire et solidaire’ (Yes to democracy! No to the partition of Brittany! For a coherent region, equal and inclusive) the organisers of the demonstration will be looking for a mass turnout of people to show their support for Breton reunification.

The GS will be urging Celtic League branches over the weekend to write to the French authorities to join in the call for Breton reunification. The letter from the GS is set out in full below.

Ministère de la Réforme de l’État, de la Décentralisation et de la Fonction publique
80, rue de Lille
75007 Paris
BP 10445
75327 Paris Cedex 07
Dear Minister Marylise Lebranchu

Reunification of Brittany (Breizh)

I am writing to you to express the support our organisation has for those who are working, through peaceful means, for the reunification of historic Brittany.

It is our view in the Celtic countries that the rightful place for the Loire-Atlantique department is as a part of Brittany, as it has been historically. In terms of identity, culture and heritage the Loire-Atlantique department is Breton and to continue with its partition, whether it is with the Pays-de-la-Loire region or part of an artificial region, is not acceptable for us, because it represents a deliberate attempt to weaken the distinct historic territory of Brittany, as was the case when it was first created under the fascist Vichy French regime.

Currently with territorial reform being discussed, the French government have an opportunity to show the world that democratic freedom is a right that is respected in French constitutional law. It is our view that the missing territory should be rejoined with the rest of Brittany without delay or a referendum held to ask the people of Loire-Atlantique what they want.

The reunification debate should not and will not go away, because annexation of the historic Breton territory represents a stain on the French political system that needs to be held up for the injustice that it is.

Yours sincerely

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot
General Secretary
Celtic League

MM Jean-François le Bihan, Patrick Mareschal, Bretagne Reunie (bretagne.reunie@orange.fr)
M François de Rugy, Assemblée nationale (fderugy@assemblee-nationale.fr)
His Excellency Bernard Emié Ambassador for France in London



Bretagne Reunie:

MM Jean-François le Bihan, Patrick Mareschal
Bretagne Reunie
3 rue HARROY’S
B.P 49032
44090 Nantes/ Naoned CEDEX 1
+33 (0)6 82 67 19 46
Green Party MP for the Nantes area (Loire-Atlantique) and a supporter of a Reunited Brittany:
M François de Rugy
Assemblée nationale
126 rue de l’Université
75355 Paris 07 SP
+33 (0)1 40 63 60 00

French Ambassador:
His Excellency Bernard Emié
Ambassador or France in London
58 Knightsbridge
+44 (0) 207 073 1000



For comment or clarification on this news item in the first instance contact:

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot
General Secretary,
Celtic League
M: 07787318666

The General Secretary will determine the appropriate branch or General Council Officer to respond to your query.


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