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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)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||14409 /14810|
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 the Second World War.
- The Merville Gun Battery (Batterie de Merville) is an historic site situated on the eastern flank of the landing area codenamed Sword. Lieutenant-Colonel Terence Otway, and the 9th Parachute Battalion, neutralized the German battery during the Battle of Merville Gun Battery on 6 June prior to the beach landings.
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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