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Coat of arms of Briouze
Coat of arms
Briouze is located in France
Coordinates: 48°42′00″N 0°21′57″W / 48.7°N .3658333333°W / 48.7; -.3658333333Coordinates: 48°42′00″N 0°21′57″W / 48.7°N .3658333333°W / 48.7; -.3658333333
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Orne
Arrondissement Argentan
Canton Athis-de-l'Orne
Intercommunality Pays de Briouze
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Pierre Salles
Area1 17.15 km2 (6.62 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 1,565
 • Density 91/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 61063 /61220
Elevation 197–254 m (646–833 ft)
(avg. 212 m or 696 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.

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%
2012 1,565 −2.1%


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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