Cities in Basse Normandie (Lower Normandy) France

Lower Normandy is an administrative region of France. It was created in 1956, when the Normandy region was divided into Lower Normandy and Upper Normandy. Since 1st January 2016 these two regions have again been combined to form the one region of Normandy. The region includes three departments, Calvados, Manche and Orne, that cover the part of Normandy traditionally termed “Lower Normandy” lying west of the Dives River, the Pays d’Auge (except a small part remaining in Upper Normandy), a small part of the Pays d’Ouche (the main part remaining in Upper Normandy), the Norman Perche and part of the “French”Perche. The traditional districts of Lower Normandy include the Cotentin Peninsula and La Hague, the Campagne de Caen, the Norman Bocage, the Bessin and the Avranchin.

During the Second World War, the main thrust of Operation Overlord was focused on Lower Normandy. The beaches of Calvados were the site of the D-Day landings in June 1944. Lower Normandy suffered badly during the War, with many of its towns and villages being destroyed or badly damaged during the Battle of Normandy.

The region’s economy is heavily agricultural, with livestock and dairy farming, textiles and fruit production among its major industries. The region is the leader in France in the sectors of butter, fromage frais, soft cheeses, cider apples, cider, leeks, turnips, and flax. The region also breeds more horses than any other in France.

See also: Attractions in Basse Normandie (Lower Normandy)

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