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The priory of the old abbey, now converted into a tourist office
The priory of the old abbey, now converted into a tourist office
Coat of arms of Saint-Philbert-de-Grand-Lieu
Coat of arms
Saint-Philbert-de-Grand-Lieu is located in France
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Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Loire-Atlantique
Arrondissement Nantes
Canton Saint-Philbert-de-Grand-Lieu
Intercommunality Grand Lieu
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Monique Rabin
Area1 58.81 km2 (22.71 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 6,253
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 44188 / 44310
Elevation 0–51 m (0–167 ft)
(avg. 8 m or 26 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Saint-Philbert-de-Grand-Lieu is a commune in the Loire-Atlantique department in western France.

It's about 400 km southwest of Paris, via Chartres, Le Mans, Angers, and Nantes.

Vicomte Bertrand Jochaud du Plessix, a Lieutenant in the Free French Forces who died (13 May 1941), reposes in the local cemetery. He was first buried at Gibraltar, having been shot down near there.[1]

His daughter is the American writer Francine du Plessix Gray.[2]

See also

Vicomte du Plessis (x) died on 30 June 1940 – he and three comrades had appropriated a Glenn Martin plane and were attempting to land in Gibraltar when they were shot down by the Spanish. All four were interred in the War Graves section of the North Cemetery on the Rock. After the war the remains of the Vicomte were repatriated to France and buried in the church of St. Philbert


  1. "Bertrand Jochaud du Plessix". Ordre de la Libération (in French). 7 July 2004. Retrieved 31 October 2008.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Flint, Peter B. (29 April 1991). "Tatiana du Plessix Liberman Dies; Leading Designer of Hats Was 84". New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>