Eu (Seine-Maritime)

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Coat of arms of Eu
Eu (France)
region Normandy
Department Seine-Maritime
Arrondissement Dieppe
Canton Eu (main town)
Community association Villes Sœurs
Coordinates 50 ° 3 '  N , 1 ° 25'  E Coordinates: 50 ° 3 '  N , 1 ° 25'  E
height 2–140 m
surface 17.93 km 2
Residents 6,883 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 384 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 76260
INSEE code

The Eu Castle

Eu [ø] is a French town with 6883 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the department of Seine-Maritime in the region Normandy . Eu is the northernmost municipality in the Seine-Maritime department. It is located on the Bresle , five kilometers from its confluence with the English Channel at Le Tréport .


The river Bresle was called Ou in the Middle Ages , later Eu. The medieval chronicler Ordericus Vitalis writes: "Aucum flumen quod vulgo dicitur Ou" - (German: "The river Aucum, which is called Ou in the vernacular"). Other early medieval varieties of the name were Auvae, Aucia or Auga. This then became today's Eu. The origin is probably in the Germanic "awa" (= water), similar to the Latin "aqua" and the German " Au ".

In the 11th century there was a castle in Eu that protected the northern border of Normandy . Here in 1050 William the Conqueror and Mathilde of Flanders married . King Louis XI. had the castle pillaged to prevent its extradition to the English.

John of Burgundy built a country castle in its place, which in turn was replaced by a larger castle at the request of Catherines de Clèves and her husband Henri I de Lorraine from the 16th century . The Eu castle is now one of the attractions of the town.


Mayor of Eu is Yves Derrien (term of office until 2020). The municipal council also includes eight councilors and 20 municipal councilors.

Town twinning

Eu has been the twin town of the German city of Haan in North Rhine-Westphalia since 1967 and of Bad Lauchstädt in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt since 2013 .

Friendly relations exist with Dublin and Castledermot in Ireland , with Ay and Is-sur-Tille in France and with Ålesund in Norway .


Until 2007, a multi-day reenactment event with international participation from Germany, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia and other countries took place in Eu every two years . In its last years the festival consisted of a Christian camp, often with entrenchments or even a moth , which was surrounded and besieged by a Viking- pagan camp. Despite regularly 25,000 visitors and the popularity of the event with schools to supplement history lessons, the event was discontinued by the city government in 2008.



In February 2009, the mayor announced plans to rename the place in order to get better results from internet searches. The city is difficult to find in Internet search engines and it is feared that it will have tourist disadvantages.

Individual evidence

  1. Place in France wants to change its name because of search engines

Web links

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