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Template:Info box French commune

Briouze is a commune in the Orne department of Normandy in northwestern France. It is considered the capital of the pays d'Houlme at the western end of the Orne in the Norman bocage. The nearby Grand Hazé marshland is a heritage-listed area (Natura 2000).

William de Braose, First Lord of Bramber (Guillaume de Briouze) was granted lands in England after the Norman conquest and used his wealth to build a priory in his home town.

The name Briouze probably comes from an older Norman form of the word "boue", or "mud".


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1936 1,524 —    
1954 1,521 −0.2%
1962 1,518 −0.2%
1968 1,685 +11.0%
1975 1,703 +1.1%
1982 1,690 −0.8%
1990 1,658 −1.9%
1999 1,620 −2.3%
2007 1,600 −1.2%
2009 1,599 −0.1%


Arms of Briouze
The arms of Briouze are blazoned :
Azure, in base 2 clasped hands Or, and in chief a bird argent on waves couped sable from which issue reeds argent; all within a bordure argent semy of lozenges gules and ermine spots sable.


It is served by Gare de Briouze.

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