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The Baie de la Seine or Baie de Seine (Bay of the Seine [River]) is a bay in northern Francemarker.

Geography

It is a wide, rectangular inlet of the English Channelmarker, approximately 100 kilometres (east-west) by 45 kilometres, bounded in the west by the Cotentin Peninsulamarker, in the south by the Normandy coast and in the east by the estuary of the river Seinemarker at Le Havremarker. The coast alternates between sandy beaches and rocky promontories and, in general, it offers little shelter for shipping. At the western end of the bay are the Îles Saint-Marcoufmarker.

Economy

Le Havre is the major port of the region; there are minor harbours at Barfleurmarker, Port-en-Bessinmarker, Courseulles-sur-Mermarker, Langrune-sur-Mermarker, Ouistrehammarker, Trouville-sur-Mermarker and Honfleurmarker.

Domestic and foreign tourists visit the coast, given its World War II associations, sandy beaches and proximity to Paris. There are coastal resorts at Arromanchesmarker, Deauvillemarker, Cabourgmarker, Houlgatemarker, Villers-sur-Mermarker, Trouville-sur-Mermarker and Honfleurmarker.

History

The Battles of Barfleur and La Hogue were naval battles fought off Barfleur and Saint-Vaast-la-Houguemarker in the 17th century.

The Normandy coast was the location, during World War II, of the main Allied landings in France; the unavailability of significant harbours caused the Allies to construct artificial harbours (Mulberriesmarker) at Arromanchesmarker and Omaha Beachmarker. There are remains of these harbours at Arromanches.

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