The Info List - Seine-Maritime

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(French pronunciation: ​[sɛn maʁitim]) is a department of France
in the Normandy
region of northern France. It is situated on the northern coast of France, at the mouth of the Seine, and includes the cities of Rouen
and Le Havre. Until 1955 it was named Seine-Inférieure.


1 History

1.1 Heraldry

2 Geography 3 Administration 4 Transport 5 Culture 6 Tourism 7 See also 8 References 9 External links


1790 - Creation of the Seine-Inférieure department The department was created from part of the old province of Normandy during the French revolution, on 4 March 1790, through the application of a law of 22 December 1789.

1815 - Occupation After the victory at Waterloo of the coalition armies, the department was occupied by British forces from June 1815 till November 1818.

1843 – Railways and industry In Rouen, Elbeuf, and Bolbec, the number of textile factories is increasing. Metallurgy and naval construction as well.

1851 - A republican department Following the then president, Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte's 1851 Coup d'état, Seine-Inférieure was one of several departments placed under a state of emergency (literally, in French, state of siege) [1] following fears of significant resistance to the new government.

World War II In 1942, during occupation by Nazi Germany, at the channel coast of Seine-Inférieure took place two Allied raids, the Bruneval raid and Dieppe raid.

2005 - Inhabitants renamed Previously lacking a demonym, the inhabitants of Seine-Maritime
(as the department had been renamed in 1955) determined, following a public consultation, that they should be known in official documents as "Seinomarins" [2] (males) and "Seinomarines" (females).


The arms of the departement Seine-Maritime
are blazoned : Gules a fess wavy argent between two lions passant gardant or armed and langued azure.

Geography[edit] The department can be split into three main areas:[3]

The Seine
valley. The Seine
flows through the provincial capital Rouen. The chalk plateau Pays de Caux, with its abrupt coastline (the Alabaster Coast). The Norman Pays de Bray, with its hills and bocage landscape.

Administration[edit] The département was created in 1790 as Seine-Inférieure, one of five departements that replaced the former province of Normandy. In 1800 five arrondissements were created within the département, namely Rouen, Le Havre, Dieppe, Neufchatel and Yvetot, although the latter two were disbanded in 1926. On 18 January 1955 the name of the département was changed to Seine-Maritime, in order to provide a more positive-sounding name and in-keeping with changes made in a number of other French departements. Transport[edit] In 1843 the railway from Paris
reached the region. The département is connected to the adjacent Eure
department via the Tancarville and Pont de Normandie bridge crossings of the Seine. Culture[edit] Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary
by Gustave Flaubert
Gustave Flaubert
is set in Seine
Maritime. The novel La Place by Annie Ernaux
Annie Ernaux
largely takes place in Seine-Maritime
and describes events and changes that take place in relation to French society in the 20th century especially in relation to the rural population. The first story of long-running series Valérian and Laureline
Valérian and Laureline
is set in Seine-Maritime, with the character Laureline originating from the area. Cauchois is the dialect of the Pays de Caux, and is one of the most vibrant forms of Norman language
Norman language
beyond Cotentinais Tourism[edit]

Notre-Dame of Rouen

Element of the Atlantic Wall
Atlantic Wall
near Fécamp

Entirely destroyed during World War II, Le Havre
Le Havre
has been rebuilt in modernist style

Limestone cliffs of Étretat

Pont de Normandie
Pont de Normandie
above the Seine

See also[edit]


Cantons of the Seine-Maritime
department Communes of the Seine-Maritime
department Arrondissements of the Seine-Maritime


^ Jacques Olivier Boudon, Les Bonaparte : regards sur la France impériale. La Documentation photographique, dossier 8073, janvier-février 2010, p. 11 (carte de Gilles Pécout) ^ "Seinomarins, un beau nom !". Commune76.  ^ " Seine
Maritime". France-For-Visitors.com. Rough Guides. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 

External links[edit]

(in French) General Council website (in French) Communes 76 (in French) Prefecture website

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Overseas departments 971 Guadeloupe 972 Martinique 973 French Guiana 974 Réunion 976 Mayotte

Metropolis with territorial collectivity statute 69M Lyon

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 169128770 LCCN: n81050232 GND: 4118572-9 SUDOC: 026556618 BNF: