Two by two, and three and four
Twins, triplets and quads attend French festival
August 17, 1997
Web posted at: 9:48 p.m. EDT (0148 GMT)
PLEUCADEUC, France (CNN) -- Every year they come in twos and threes and fours, to celebrate their oneness. Thousands of twins and triplets and quadruplets attend a festival -- in this small town on the northwestern coast of France -- that's dedicated to the perils and pleasures of having a sibling that looks just like them.
On Saturday, 9,000 people, including more than 300 twins, attended the "deux et plus" ("two and more") festival. The event has been going on for four years, but the history of twins in Pleucadeuc goes back to the 17th century.
Participants danced, dined, posed for photographs and shared experiences. Two young French women talked about using their identical looks in college to deceive their professors, but "we stopped doing it because it ended badly," one said.
Townspeople say that more pairs of twins have been born here than anywhere else in France. They don't explain why. Perhaps it has something to do with the name Pleucadeuc -- "deuc," being close to "deux," the French word for "two."
Pleucadeuc has a home page touting the festival and showing that the number of attendees has, well, doubled and tripled and quadrupled over the last four years.