Normandy’s history goes hand in hand with its present, so let’s find out what makes it so special nowadays. Innovation, tolerance, sustainable development, youth, lifestyle and more. Read all about the individual and group projects with committed and passionate Normans behind them!

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Reviving Normandy’s flax industry: sustainable textile production

The essence of economic fabric? By definition, the system of producing and managing material wealth from design to end product. From crop to clothing via scutching, weaving and knitting: Normandy has helped France make a name for itself as the home for every component of its world-renowned high quality flax. Normandy's La French Filature in…

Horse racing: No pain, no Graignes

Saddle trotting, harness racing and gallop racing more recently… The Afasec horse racing college in Graignes teaches over a hundred students from around the world the art of turf racing in Saint-Lô Agglo in Manche. Despite being little-known and hard to fill, careers in the sector are attainable and appealing. A unique school in Normandy…

Major events in 2024: Normandy in the spotlight 

France is celebrating several major events in 2024. Sports, culture, history, crafts and innovation are key themes for the new year. Normandy will be there for all of them to, once again, showcase its quality of life, vibrant economy and ambitions for the future. Here's a sneak peek. Salon du Travail et de la Mobilité…

Nuclear, a future industry in Normandy

Careers in the nuclear industry have been in the shadows for a long time… but there's some exciting energy around them in Normandy. Two major projects have seen a rise in vacancies for anyone who wants to be part of expanding an independent and decarbonised energy sector! Let's find out more. Normandy, a hotbed for…

Futerro: the future of sustainable, green plastic in Normandy

We got the good news at the end of 2022… Following in the footsteps of Eastman, the Belgian brand Futerro announced it was coming to the Port-Jérôme business park in Seine-Maritime. What's the idea? To open the world's first industrial facility producing, processing and recycling bioplastic. It brings the circular economy and energy transition together:…

Ireland & Normandy: the links that tie them together forever

Ireland? Guinness, greenery and the Troubles. But that's not all. The country has had a close bond with Normandy that lives on today, after 850 years and one invasion. Read on for our Top 5 bonds! Act I : Invasion After the Duke of Normandy, William the Conqueror, conquered England in 1066, the Normans turned…

Normandy and England: celebrating our shared history and culture at major events

In the wake of a delegation's trip to London in early December 2023, let's take a look at what's coming up in 2024 and beyond to celebrate the bonds between Normandy and England. William the Conqueror's 1000th birthday: a cultural tribute that goes beyond borders Normandy is getting ready to celebrate William the Conqueror's 1000th…

Aptar Pharma: a pioneering group

Normandy is home to a network of pioneering groups and industries that are often looking for new staff and working hard to make the industry more sustainable. Let's meet Aptar Pharma in Eure, the world's leading spray and aerosol manufacturer for the pharmaceutical industry and an "Industry Showcase of the Future". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9IYg6YGCl8 What is the…

Eastman: a unique molecular recycling facility in Normandy

Eastman has underlined Normandy's place as an industrial region for the future by opening the biggest molecular recycling facility in the world in Port-Jérôme-sur-Seine (76). What's the idea? Decarbonisation and virtuous economy. A billion euro project The US giant's factory is the biggest in the world: it will recycle up to 160,000 metric tons of…

British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer: honouring D-day heroes

The British Normandy Memorial was officially inaugurated on June 6th 2021 in Ver-sur-Mer after 6 years of work. The memorial pays tribute to both the British armed forces, who played a crucial role during the D-Day Landings in June 1944, and the Norman civilians who lost their lives during the battle. Tribute to 22 442…

The history of the Irish Hospital in Saint-Lô

Catherine Gagneux from Orne is a member of our Normandy Ambassadors network. Back in 2020, the Honorary Consul of France in Ireland stumbled upon the moving history of the Irish Red Cross that came to Saint-Lô, in Manche, after D-Day. Let's turn back the clock and dive into the show of solidarity! The discovery Catherine…

The rest of the world joins Normandy in remembering D-Day

The Allies landed in Normandy to liberate France and Europe from the Nazis on June 6th 1944. The milestone event made Normandy famous the world over. Projects such as the Normandy World Peace Forum or Prix Liberté help to remember the past and pass down essential values to future generations. 80 years have passed but…

Discover the secrets of an organic, PDO Normandy Camembert cheese!

Patrick Mercier, a milk producer at Champsecret, near the town of Domfront in the Norman county of Orne, has, since 2010, devoted himself to making organic camembert fermier, protected by an appellation d’origine protégée (AOP) – or Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) in English. Today, 70% of the milk produced on his farm is dedicated…

Calvados, an emblematic spirit

Calvados. A French county (département), but also a liqueur emblematic of Norman know-how, which shines across the world. An insight into the apple alcohol with four Norman distilleries. The ‘Flaguerie’ Estate For more than a century, the Flaguerie Estate has been cultivating the art of producing the quintessential Norman fruit: cider apples. Located in Ducy-Sainte-Marguerite…

The ‘Haras du Pin’: “A Versailles for Horses”

The ‘Haras du Pin’ stud farm was chosen in 2022 as one of the 17 emblematic sites of France as part of a Heritage Mission led by French TV celebrity Stéphane Bern. It will play host to international delegations as part of the Paris 2024 Olympic games and is also the theatre for many equestrian…

In the Suisse-Normande area, Cotral Lab, world leader in custom-moulded hearing protection devices

In the workplace, the different kinds of harm caused by regular exposure to noise are recognised today, such as tension, tiredness, difficulty in concentrating, irritation or hearing loss. In order to combat these problems, Laurent Capellari founded Cotral Lab 26 years ago, at Condé-sur-Noireau, in the Norman county of Calvados. His aim? To provide custom-moulded…

Virtual Reality (VR) at the service of research

CIREVE (the Centre Interdisciplinaire de Réalité Virtuelle, or Centre for Interdisciplinary Virtual Reality) is at the heart of the University of Caen Normandy’s technology centre, created in 2006 and, since 2012, part of the training and research unit for humanities and the social sciences (the Unité de Formation et de Recherche, or UFR Humanités et…

Isigny-Sainte-Mère: Normandy dairy know-how recognised around the world

Since 1932, Normandy’s Isigny-Sainte-Mère Cooperative has proudly maintained its know-how and quality in making dairy products. Managed by Daniel Delahaye since 1990 until his recent retirement, the business now achieves two thirds of its turnover abroad. Milk, cheese, fromage frais, butter and cream sold under the Isigny Ste-Mère brand are to be found across the…

Eco-Technilin: an international showcase for norman know-how

Based at Valliquerville near Yvetot in the Norman county of Seine-Maritime, Eco-Technilin is Europe’s leading supplier of non-woven products made from natural fibres (flax, hemp, kenaf, jute), mainly used for car interiors. Video portrait. Sustainable development The company was created in the year 2000 by an agricultural cooperative, in order to make the most of…

Tertu: how Normandy is helping make roads safer around the world

They flash past us, often unseen, and yet they’re indispensable. They appeared in france in the 1960s, lining the roads – retaining devices, or crash barriers. They help keep vehicles on the road and give users added security. In the norman county of orne, at villedieu-lès-bailleul, tertu equipements has been developing innovative ones made from…

In Normandy: training that’s unique in France !

Outside Saint-Pierre-en-Auge, a town in the county of Calvados, the Etablissement Public Local Agricole Le Robillard is a local public agricultural college that offers a rather special year’s course that’s unique in France, leading to a Certificate in ‘‘specialisation in cider’’. This is aimed at people looking for a career change retraining to produce and…

D-Day: A Norman’s tribute to veterans

The wonderful story you are about to read comes from one of our Normandy Ambassadors, Virginie Feutry Durr, who lives in the USA and without whom, this D-Day 2022 would not have had such a lovely touch. Thanks to her background and her commitment, she was able to take on this journey a US airline,…

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