Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
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Location of Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
Coordinates: 49°21′34″N0°52′35″W / 49.3594°N 0.8764°W / 49.3594; -0.8764 Coordinates: 49°21′34″N0°52′35″W / 49.3594°N 0.8764°W / 49.3594; -0.8764
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Bayeux
Canton Trévières
Intercommunality CC Isigny-Omaha Intercom
Government
  Mayor (20082014) Catherine Chartier
Area
1
3.9 km2 (1.5 sq mi)
Population
(2008)2
242
  Density62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
14605 /14710
Elevation3–76 m (9.8–249.3 ft)
(avg. 30 m or 98 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-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. The town is located not far from Omaha Beach, where, in World War II, Allied forces landed during D-Day.

The commune is a level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes are analogous to civil townships and incorporated municipalities in the United States and Canada, Gemeinden in Germany, comuni in Italy or ayuntamiento in Spain. The United Kingdom has no exact equivalent, as communes resemble districts in urban areas, but are closer to parishes in rural areas where districts are much larger. Communes are based on historical geographic communities or villages and are vested with significant powers to manage the populations and land of the geographic area covered. The communes are the fourth-level administrative divisions of France.

Calvados (department) Department of France

Calvados is a department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. It takes its name from a cluster of rocks off the English Channel coast.

In the administrative divisions of France, the department is one of the three levels of government below the national level, between the administrative regions and the commune. Ninety-six departments are in metropolitan France, and five are overseas departments, which are also classified as regions. Departments are further subdivided into 334 arrondissements, themselves divided into cantons; the last two have no autonomy, and are used for the organisation of police, fire departments, and sometimes, elections.

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It was also the location of a British Commando raid - Operation Curlew during January 1942.

Commando soldier or operative of an elite light infantry or special operations force; commando unit

A commando is a soldier or operative of an elite light infantry or special operations force often specializing in amphibious landings, parachuting or abseiling.

Operation Curlew was a British Commando raid against the town of Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer on the Normandy coast of German-occupied northern France on 11/12 January 1942.

Population

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962199    
1968174−12.6%
1975161−7.5%
1982188+16.8%
1990163−13.3%
1999184+12.9%
2008242+31.5%

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