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|Intercommunality||Campagne et Baie de l'Orne|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Olivier Paz|
|Area1||10.42 km2 (4.02 sq mi)|
|• Density||180/km2 (470/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||14409 / 14810|
|Elevation||0–42 m (0–138 ft)
(avg. 14 m or 46 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.
Merville-Franceville-Plage, more usually called Franceville, is situated on the Côte Fleurie, 6 km from Cabourg and 14 km (8.7 mi) from Caen. Merville Franceville is located on the right/east side of the Baie de l'Orne.
The back country is a plain, favourable to cereal cultivation and dairy cattle.
The commune has a maritime climate : Winters are warm and summers rarely suffer from excessive heat.
- Redoute de Merville, fortification edified on Vauban's plans in 1779. Rediscovered by the occupying forces during World War II.
- Batterie de Merville or Merville Gun Battery is an historic site situated in the eastern flank of the landing area Sword Beach where Lieutenant-Colonel Terence Otway carried out a heroic mission with his men of the 9th Battalion of parachutists before the dawn of D-Day by neutralizing the artillery of the German battery.
Merville Franceville is attractive for families, thanks to the various beach activities and excursions in the back-country.
This town is famous for being a good spot for kite surfing.
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