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Contents History 1 Geography 2 Climate 2.1 Toponymy 2.2 Demographics 3 Sights and monuments 4 Economy 5 Transport 6 Education 7 Culture 8 Sport 9 Twin towns 10 See also 11 References 12 External links 13 Bibliography 14 Further reading 15 External links 15.1 History Alençon was founded by the Romans in the first century BC as a fortified camp on a strategic site at the confluence of two rivers, where an important crossroads lay between Normandy and Brittany. The town became later one of the more significant towns in Normandy during William's conquest; it was here that he gathered his forces before crossing to England after his victory at Hastings. It is still surrounded by its mediaeval ramparts, part of which can be walked round today or viewed from above (the Tour de Guet).