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Cherbourg-Octeville

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Template:FRdot Cherbourg-Octeville is a city and commune in Normandy, north-west France. It was formed when the city of Cherbourg absorbed Octeville on February 28, 2000, and was officially renamed Cherbourg-Octeville. It is a seaport on the English Channel, with the majority of its cross channel ferry services being operated by Brittany Ferries to Poole and Portsmouth.

The nearest airport is in Maupertus-sur-Mer which is named Cherbourg Maupertuis (IATA code: CER, IACO code: LFRC).

Cherbourg holds an arsenal of the French Navy.


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Geography

Cherbourg-Octeville is situated at the north of the Cotentin Peninsula. It is in the Manche département (of which it is the sous-préfecture) in the Basse-Normandie région. The city has an area of 6.9km2.

Demographics

The combined population of Cherbourg and Octeville at the 1999 census was 42,318 inhabitants. Population of Cherbourg metropolitan area (the aire urbaine de Cherbourg) at the 1999 census was 117,855 inhabitants.


History

Cherbourg-Octeville

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Napoléon and Marie Louise attending the parade of the squadron in Cherbourg in 1811

Cherbourg was the first stop of RMS Titanic after it left Southampton, England.

On 19 June 1864, the naval engagement between USS Kearsarge and CSS Alabama took place off Cherbourg.

Periphery

La Glacerie comes from the French for glass factory in which the name comes from. In 1655, Lucas de Néhou built a glass factory which was provided for buildings like Galerie des Glaces and Château de Versailles.

The manufacture in La Glacerie was destroyed by Allied bombardments in 1944.


Sites of interest

La Glacerie also has a race track.

Arrondissement

The Arrondissement of Cherbourg-Octeville includes 15 cantons:

See also


External link

fr:Cherbourg-Octeville ja:シェルブール pl:Cherbourg

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