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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
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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)
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 Basse-Normandie 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.


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.

Twin towns

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