At the time of its construction in 1966 the nearly three kilometre long bridge from the mainland to the Ile d'Oléron was the longest in France (it's now the third longest). Oléron sits just off the Atlantic coast of France, west of Rochefort. It is the second largest island of Metropolitan France (Corsica is the largest). Oléron is 30km long and 8km wide. The island is an extremely popular tourist destination for French people.
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