Dunkerque


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Dunkerque

a port in N France, on the Strait of Dover: scene of the evacuation of British and other Allied troops after the fall of France in 1940; industrial centre with an oil refinery and naval shipbuilding yards. Pop.: 70 850 (1999)

Dunkerque

 

(Dunkirk), a city and port in northern France, on the North Sea coast, in the department of Nord. Population, 143,000 (1968; including suburbs). The total freight handled by the port in 1968 was about 18 million tons. The city is a railroad junction, linked with Dover (Great Britain) by railroad ferry, as well as an important junction of internal waterways. Metallurgy, ship building, the production of fishing equipment, oil refining, the manufacture of textiles, and food processing (chiefly the canning of fish) are important. It is also a center for the fishing industry. There is a sea resort nearby at Malo-les-Bains. Dunkerque was founded in the tenth century. During World War II it was the evacuation point for the British expeditionary force.

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