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The church of Saint-Jacques
The church of Saint-Jacques
Saint-James is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Avranches
Canton Saint-James
Intercommunality Saint-James
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Thoury
Area1 17.96 km2 (6.93 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 2,917
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
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.

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

Twin towns – Sister cities

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

World War II

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.[5][6]

See also


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  3. Thoury, Michel. "31 ème anniversaire du Jumelage à Beaminster". Site de L'Office de Tourisme Saint James (in French). Retrieved 2013-07-29.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  5. 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.
  6. Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.