31 Facts About Le Havre

1. Le Havre is the most populous commune of Upper Normandy, although the total population of the greater Le Havre conurbation is smaller than that of Rouen.

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2. The name Le Havre means "the harbour" or "the port".

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3. Le Havre is located 50 kilometres west of Rouen on the shore of the English Channel and at the mouth of the Seine.

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4. Administratively, Le Havre is a commune in the Normandy region in the west of the department of Seine-Maritime.

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5. Le Havre is sandwiched between the coast of the Channel from south-west to north-west and the estuary of the Seine to the south.

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6. Le Havre belongs to the Paris Basin which was formed in the Mesozoic period.

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7. Study by Aphekom comparing ten large French cities showed that Le Havre is the least polluted urban commune of France.

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8. Le Havre is the third best city in France with more than 100,000 inhabitants for air quality.

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9. Southern districts of Le Havre are mainly used for industrial and port activities.

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10. Le Havre is one of two sub-prefectures of Seine-Maritime and the second largest subprefecture in France after Reims.

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11. Since 2015, the city of Le Havre is divided over six Cantons, some of which cover neighbouring communes.

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12. Le Havre holds the presidency of the CODAH and has held a seat in the National Assembly for the 7th district of Seine-Maritime since 2012.

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13. The mayor, 41 aldermen and 17 deputies form the council of Le Havre elected in 2008.

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14. The new prison for Le Havre was completed in 2010 at Saint-Aubin-Routot east of the Le Havre agglomeration.

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15. Finally, Le Havre is the godmother city for BPC Mistral.

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16. Elections to the National Assembly, Le Havre is divided between Seine-Maritime's 7th and 8th constituency.

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17. The population of the commune of Le Havre was 191,000 inhabitants in 1999 which placed the city at 12th place among the most populated cities in France and in the first place in Normandy.

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18. The University of Le Havre is a research centre with nine laboratories.

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19. Today, Le Havre is known as a water sports and Seaside resort.

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20. Radio Vallee de la Lezarde, based in Epouville, RESONANCE on 98.9, and RCF Le Havre are other radio stations.

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21. Today, the commune of Le Havre is divided into eight parishes and 24 places of worship.

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22. Protestant Church of Le Havre was built in the city centre in 1862.

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23. Rebuilt in 1953 by the architects Jacques Lamy and Gerard Dupasquier, who worked in the Auguste Perret office, is the only building in Le Havre uniting the original architecture of the 19th century with the architecture of the Perret school.

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24. At the national level, Le Havre is 200 kilometres west of the most populous and richest region in France: Ile-de-France.

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25. Le Havre is the seat of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Le Havre.

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26. Oldest building still standing in Le Havre is the Graville Abbey.

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27. The largest cinema in Le Havre is located on the Docks Vauban.

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28. Le Havre appears in several literary works as a point of departure to America: in the 18th century, Father Prevost embarked Manon Lescaut and Des Grieux for French Louisiana.

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29. Under the name Port de Brume Le Havre is the setting for three other novels by this author: Cerfs-volants, L'Aventure de Noel (The Adventure at Christmas), and La Queue a la pegre (Queue to the underworld).

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30. The meeting between Tintin and General Alcazar in Les Sept Boules de cristal (1948) is in Le Havre, according to notes by Herge in the margins of Le Soir, the first publisher of this adventure.

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31. Le Havre is a board game about the development of the town of Le Havre.

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