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I think you might be right. I had initially dismissed this possibility because the circles are clearly not in what most people would consider to be the centre of anything. Rather than in a town square, or in the midddle of a busy main road through a town, they are often down some obscure side steet.
However, after your post I did some experiments. If you ask the SatNav to take you to the "town centre" of various places, the route always finishes at one of these double circles !
I'm wondering if the blue-circle town/village/district is actually the geographical centre of a town/village/district boundary ??
Having them constantly visible in a congested city seems to be just unnecessary screen clutter to me. Perhaps it's useful for the French motorist hammering along those French country roads to see a village approaching and so slow down to avoid the gendarme with his speed camera ?
Anyway, it's resolved my curiousity - so thanks very much !
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