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Avranches

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Avranches is a commune of Normandy, France, in the Manche département, of which it is a sous-préfecture. Population (1999): 9,226.

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History

Henry II did penance for the murder of the Anglo-Norman saint Thomas Becket in Avranches on May 21, 1172, and reached the Compromise of Avranches with the Church there.

The Avranches breakthrough in World War II began on July 31, 1944, and was led by General George S. Patton.

In 1973, Dragey-Ronthon amalgamated Dragey, Genêts, Ronthon and Saint-Jean-le-Thomas formed into Dragey-Tombelaine. Other communes that amalgamated that year included:

  • Folligny which amalgamated La Beslière (old INSEE code: 50047) and Le Mesnil-Drey. La Beslière, Genêts, Le Mesnil-Drey (old INSEE code: 50309) Ronthon and Saint-Jean-le-Thomas received statutes for the associated communes.
  • Isigny-le-Buat which amalgamated Les Biards (old INSEE code: 50053), Chalandrey (old INSEE code: 50113), La Mancellière (old INSEE code: 50286), Le Mesnil-Bœufs, Le Mesnil-Thébault (old INSEE code: 50322), Montgothier (old INSEE code 50344), Montigny, Naftel and Vezins.
  • Jullouville amalgamated Carolles, Saint-Michel-des-Loups and Saint-Pair-sur-Mer to form Jullouville. Saint-Michel-des-Loups and Saint-Pair-sur-Mer received associations.

In 1978, Saint-Pair-sur-Mer split from Jullouville.

In 1979, Genêts and Saint-Jean-le-Thomas split from Dragey-Tombelaine which changed its name to Dragey-Ronthon.

In 2000, Carolles split from Jullouville and became a commune again.

Saint-Michel-des-Loups which had 477 inhabitants became a part of the canton of Sartilly.

Geography

Avranches is situated at the southern end of the Cotentin Peninsula on the E40 road connecting Saint-Lô with Brittany. From Avranches, it is possible to see the Mont Saint Michel, which was founded by St. Aubert, the Bishop of Avranches in the 8th century.

Births

Avranches was the birthplace of:

Arrondissement

The Arrondissement of Avranches is made up of 10 cantons and 13 communes:

Name Population (1999) Area Density INSEE code Postal code Name of inhabitants Website
Avranches 9,226 4.5 km² 2,050.22/km² 50025 50030 - -
Name Population (1999) Area Density INSEE code Postal code Name of inhabitants Website
Barenton 1,415 34.88 km² 40.57/km² 50029 50720 - -
Name Population (1999) Area Density INSEE code Postal code Name of inhabitants Website
Braffais 165 5.79 km² 28.5/km² 50071 50870 - -
' 2,319 20.96² 1,110.64/km² 50074 50370 - -
Name Population (1999) Area Density Elevation Location INSEE code Postal code Name of inhabitants Website
Ducey 2,217 11.21 km² 197.77/km² 50168 50220 - -
Juilley 484 11.23 km² 43.1/km² - - 50259 50220 - -
Name Population (1999) Area Density INSEE code Postal code Name of inhabitants Website
Beauchamps 359 4.1 km²/410 87.56/km² 50038 50320 - -
Folligny 777 - - 50188 50320 - -
La Haye-Pesnel 1,350 6.29 km² 214.63/km² 50237 50320 - -
Name Population (1999) Area Density Elevation Location INSEE code Postal code Name of inhabitants Website
Isigny-le-Buat 3,050 73.31 km² 41.60/km² - - 50256 50540 - -
Name Population (1999) Area Density INSEE code Postal code Name of inhabitants Website
La Bazoge 169 5.8 km²/580 29.14/km² 50037 505230 - -
Bellefontaine 159 6.73 km² 23.63/km² 50043 50520 - -
Juvigny-le-Tertre 683 7.5 km² 91.067/km² - - 50260 50520 - -
Name Population (1999) Area Density INSEE code Postal code Name of inhabitants Website
Bion 449 12.26 km² 36.62/km² 50056 50140 - -
Name Population (1999) Area Density Location ELevation INSEE code Postal code Name of inhabitants Website
Aucey-la-Plaine 370 9.39 km² - - 50019 50170 - -
Beauvoir 435 14.29 km² - - 30.44/km² 50043 50170 - -
Le Mont-Saint-Michel 50 3.97 km² 12.59/km² 1.5095/1°30'32" E
48.6365/48°38'11" N
5 m 50353 50170 - -
Name Population (1999) Area INSEE code Postal code Name of inhabitants Website
Argouges 550 16.41 km² 50018 50240 - -
Name Population (1999) Area Density INSEE code Postal code Name of inhabitants Website
Boisyvon 277 5.72 km² 48.43/km² 50062 50800 - -
Name Population (1999) Area Density INSEE code Postal code Name of inhabitants Website
Dragey-Ronthon 616 - - 50167 50530 - -

Population: 616 (1999)

Name Population (1999) Area Density INSEE code Postal code Name of inhabitants Website
Beauficel 165 9.13 km² 18.07/km² 50040 50150 - -
Brouains 218 3.79 km² 57.52/km 50088 50150 -
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