Flamanville, Manche


The signal station

Coordinates: 49°31′53″N 1°51′55″W / 49.5314°N 1.8653°W / 49.5314; -1.8653Coordinates: 49°31′53″N 1°51′55″W / 49.5314°N 1.8653°W / 49.5314; -1.8653
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Cherbourg
Canton Les Pieux
  Mayor (20082014) Patrick Fauchon
Area1 7.22 km2 (2.79 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 1,683
  Density 230/km2 (600/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 50184 / 50340

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.

Flamanville is a commune in the Manche department in north-western France.


The port of Flamanville, in the northern part of the commune, is known as Diélette. During the summer a high-speed passenger ferry is operated from there to Alderney and Guernsey by Manche Iles Express.[1]


The arms of Flamanville are blazoned :
Per fess 1: Azure, a lion passant and in base 3 barrulets argent; 2: Gules, 3 'maisons' (towers) Or.

Upper part Bazan, lower part Sesmaisons.

Nuclear plants

On its territory is installed the seaside Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant, established there in the eighties, with two PWR reactors of 1300 MWe each, which were put into operation in 1986 and 1987.

Flamanville has been selected for the installation of the first French EPR reactor (which will be Flamanville's third reactor) near the two existing ones. This facility 'could' be operational in 2016, this is following as of October 2011, 4 years of delays beyond its original schedule. Whether or not Flamanville 3, EPR, actually becomes operational is a rather political. Francois Hollande who has won France's Socialist primary elections, putting him in pole position to take on current French President Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's elections, has stated that he would halt construction of France's first EPR. The chances Francois Hollande winning next year's Presidential elections are not insignificant.

The Flamanville location allows for the installation of a fourth reactor, if need be.

Objections to Flamanville EPR

  1. Additional Analysis and Comments on the Threat of Terrorist Attack to the Proposed 3rd Nuclear Power Plant at Flamanville, France, States of Jersey, R3155-3, August 2006
  2. Exploratory Review of the EdF Presentation in Support of the Proposal to Construct, Commission and Operate a 3rd Nuclear Power Plant at Flamanville, France, States of Jersey, R3155-1, August 2006

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