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Le Havre is a city in the northwest region of France situated on the right bank of the
mouth of the Seine River.
It is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department and the Haute-Normandie region.
The inhabitants of the city are called Havrais or Havraises.
It is the most populous commune in the Haute-Normandie region and the largest
sub-prefecture in France.
It is also a bishop's see.
Le Havre is also used in the sense of "port".
The city was first called Franciscopolis, in homage to King Francis I,
who took the initiative to construct the city, in addition to Le Havre (or Le Hable) de Grâce,
the latter term being derived from the chapel Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, which existed on the site
before the city's founding.
The city was also dubbed the Porte Océane, or Door to the Ocean.
Architecturally, this image has been revived through the "door" that forms the frame at
either end of Fochs Avenue, which comes out of the sea.
In population, Le Havre ranks second of the French ports, first of the cities in Normandy,
and ranks second in the metro areas of Haute-Normandie.
Le Havre was honored with the Legion of Honor award on July 18, 1949.
UNESCO declared the city center of Le Havre a World Heritage Site on July 15, 2005,
in honoring the "innovative utilization of concrete's potential."
The 133-hectare space that represents, according to UNESCO, "an exceptional example
of architecture and town planning of the post-war era," is one of the rare contemporary
World Heritage Sites in Europe.
Le Havre was once synonymous with urban coldness and grayness.
The city's inhabitants have done much to change this, and it has been marked by
improvement since then.
The city is spoken of now as the Brasilia of France.
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