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The church of Saint-Jacques
The church of Saint-Jacques
Saint-James is located in France
Coordinates: 48°31′25″N 1°19′24″W / 48.5236°N 1.3233°W / 48.5236; -1.3233Coordinates: 48°31′25″N 1°19′24″W / 48.5236°N 1.3233°W / 48.5236; -1.3233
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Avranches
Canton Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët
Intercommunality Mont-Saint-Michel-Normandie
 • Mayor (2017–2020) Carine Mahieu
Area1 86.41 km2 (33.36 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 5,070
 • Density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 50487 /50240
Elevation 28–151 m (92–495 ft)
(avg. 110 m or 360 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.

Saint-James (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃ʒɑm]) is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France. On 1 January 2017, the former communes of Argouges, Carnet, La Croix-Avranchin, Montanel, Vergoncey and Villiers-le-Pré were merged into Saint-James.[1]


Saint-James is on the border between Normandy and Brittany. The rivers Beuvron and Dierge flow through the commune.


William the Conqueror built the Saint-James fortress in 1067.


Arms of Saint-James
The arms of Saint-James are blazoned :
Gules, a gate argent flanked by 2 towers the sinister one taller Or, all masoned sable, in chief 1 escallop and in base 3 escallops argent.

International relations[edit]

Saint-James is twinned with:


Historical population of Saint-James
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999
Population 2415 2452 2489 2766 2976 2917
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places of interest[edit]

World War II[edit]

After the liberation of the area by Allied Forces in 1944, engineers of the Ninth Air Force IX Engineering Command began construction of a combat Advanced Landing Ground outside of the town. Declared operational on 14 August, the airfield was designated as "A-29", it was used by the 373d Fighter Group which flew P-47 Thunderbolts until early September when the unit moved into Central France. Afterward, the airfield was closed.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 8 July 2016 (French)
  2. ^ "British towns twinned with French towns [via]". Archant Community Media Ltd. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Beaminster twinned with Saint-James". Beaminster Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  4. ^ Thoury, Michel. "31 ème anniversaire du Jumelage à Beaminster". Site de L'Office de Tourisme Saint James (in French). Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  5. ^ "Dorset Twinning Association List". The Dorset Twinning Association. Archived from the original on 2012-06-21. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  6. ^ Johnson, David C. (1988), U.S. Army Air Forces Continental Airfields (ETO), D-Day to V-E Day; Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
  7. ^ Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.