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First aid post
First aid post
Coat of arms of Merville-Franceville-Plage
Coat of arms
Merville-Franceville-Plage is located in France
Coordinates: 49°16′39″N 0°12′12″W / 49.277500°N 00.203290°W / 49.277500; -00.203290Coordinates: 49°16′39″N 0°12′12″W / 49.277500°N 00.203290°W / 49.277500; -00.203290
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Cabourg
Intercommunality Campagne et Baie de l'Orne
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Olivier Paz
Area1 10.42 km2 (4.02 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,874
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
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 is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France.


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.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 948 —    
1968 1,046 +10.3%
1975 1,184 +13.2%
1982 1,309 +10.6%
1990 1,317 +0.6%
1999 1,521 +15.5%
2008 1,874 +23.2%


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, which is known as the Battle of Merville Gun 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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