Sète


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Sète,

formerly

Cette

(both: sĕt), town (1990 pop. 41,916), Hérault dept., S France, in Languedoc, on the Mediterranean. It is one of the most important commercial and fishing ports of S France, a wine-shipping center, with major gasoline refineries and plants making clothes, liqueurs, and chemical products. The city is crossed by numerous canals, on which jousts by boat-borne combatants are held in summer. The old harbor was designed by Colbert in 1666 and built by Vauban and Riquet. Paul ValéryValéry, Paul
, 1871–1945, French poet and critic. A follower of the symbolists, Valéry was one of the greatest French poets of the 20th cent. He was encouraged by Pierry Loüys and by Mallarmé to publish a few poems in several small reviews, but he
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 was born and is buried there. The town has a school of hydrography and a zoology station of the Univ. of Montpellier.

Sète

 

a city and port in southern France, on the Mediterranean, Hérault Department. Population, 41,000 (1968). Industry includes the production of wine, food, and clothing and the manufacture of acids and phosphorous fertilizers. An oil refinery is located in Frontignan, in the suburb of Sète.