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Calvados (département)

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This article is about the French départment. See also: Calvados, a French apple brandy.


The French département of Calvados is in the region of Basse-Normandie. It is bounded on the north by the Baie de Seine, on the east by the River Seine, on the south by the département of Orne, and on the west by the département of Manche. The beaches on Baie de Seine were the scene of the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944

The préfecture (administrative capital) is Caen.

Sous-préfectures: Bayeux[?] (noted for the Bayeux Tapestry), Lisieux[?] and Vire[?].

Other towns include: Deauville[?].

Most of Calvados is agricultural. Products include butter, cheese, cider, and the apple-based spirit which shares its name (see Calvados (spirit)).

See also: List of the communes of the Calvados département



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