Mandelieu-la-Napoule

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Mandelieu-la Napoule
Mandelieu-la-Napoule.jpg
Coat of arms of Mandelieu-la Napoule
Coat of arms
Mandelieu-la Napoule is located in France
Mandelieu-la Napoule
Mandelieu-la Napoule
Coordinates: 43°32′47″N 6°56′17″E / 43.5464°N 6.9381°E / 43.5464; 6.9381Coordinates: 43°32′47″N 6°56′17″E / 43.5464°N 6.9381°E / 43.5464; 6.9381
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Alpes-Maritimes
Arrondissement Grasse
Canton Mandelieu-Cannes-Ouest
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Henri Leroy
Area1 31.37 km2 (12.11 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 21,192
 • Density 680/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 06079 / 06210
Elevation 0–486 m (0–1,594 ft)
(avg. 300 m or 980 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Mandelieu-la Napoule is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France, located on the French Riviera just to the southwest of Cannes and northeast of Théoule-sur-Mer.

It is known for the Château de la Napoule, a fortified castle of the 14th century. In the 20th century, Henry Clews Jr (son of the wealthy New York banker Henry Clews) and his wife Marie Clews, entirely renovated the chateau which they then inhabited. Henry Clews Jr was a painter and sculptor whose work still fills the castle, which is now run as a non-profit arts foundation by his descendants.The chateau was once an ancient foundation, then a medieval fortress of the Counts of Villeneuve. Today the Roman Tower (4th century) and the Saracen Tower (11th century) are all that remain of the chateau that was destroyed during the French Revolution. The chateau designed by the Clews has cloister, terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Gothic dining room, and studio. In the basement of a tower at the chateau the remains of Henry (1876–1937) and Marie (1878–1959) are interred in two tombs that Henry designed and sculpted.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 9 —    
1800 33 +266.7%
1806 29 −12.1%
1821 89 +206.9%
1831 78 −12.4%
1836 111 +42.3%
1841 256 +130.6%
1846 305 +19.1%
1851 433 +42.0%
1856 334 −22.9%
1861 495 +48.2%
1866 423 −14.5%
1872 455 +7.6%
1876 423 −7.0%
1881 714 +68.8%
1886 835 +16.9%
1891 779 −6.7%
1896 984 +26.3%
1901 1,695 +72.3%
1906 1,260 −25.7%
1911 1,517 +20.4%
1921 1,723 +13.6%
1926 2,376 +37.9%
1931 2,343 −1.4%
1936 2,342 −0.0%
1946 2,378 +1.5%
1954 2,962 +24.6%
1962 3,981 +34.4%
1968 6,124 +53.8%
1975 9,535 +55.7%
1982 14,283 +49.8%
1990 16,493 +15.5%
1999 17,863 +8.3%
2008 21,192 +18.6%

Transportation[edit]

Private air transportation for the town (and for nearby Cannes) is provided by Cannes - Mandelieu Airport. The nearest major airport is Nice Cote d'Azur Airport, the second busiest airport in France; it is about 30 minutes drive from the airport to the town. The commune is reached from exit 41 on the autoroute A8.

Personalities[edit]

It is the home of ex MI6 agent Richard Tomlinson and Italian classical pianist Riccardo Caramella.

Prince Luis of Orleans-Braganza was born in Mandelieu on the 6th of June, 1938. He is the present head of the Vassouras Branch of the Brazilian Imperial House and de jure Emperor of Brazil (Luis I of Brazil). He is also considered a royal prince of the deposed monarchies of France and Portugal.

Italian Princess Maria Francesca of Savoy, daughter of the King of Italy Victor Emmanuel III and Queen Elena of Montenegro, lived and died in Mandelieu on December 7, 2001.

Italian athlete Eddy Ottoz was born in Mandelieu on the 3rd of June, 1944. He competed for Italy in the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan and in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico, where he won the bronze medal in the 110 metre hurdles event.

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