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Ville de Deauville

City of deauville

The embodiment of style and elegance, a vision of fashion and modernity… Deauville and love stories.

History of Deauville


In 1858, Who could have imagined that the small Norman village, now populated by nearly 4,000 inhabitants, would become a world-famous seaside resort?

The Duke of Morny, half-brother of Napoleon III, built Deauville on drained swamplands. The first horse racecourse was opened.

1911: The mayor of the city and the director of the famous Maxim's restaurant in Paris revived the activity of the city and built the casino in 1912 and the great hotels (the Normandy in 1912 and the Royal in 1913).

The city also inspired many artists: painters, writers, poets and caricaturists rushed to visit the beautiful town of Deauville in the «Roaring Twenties». These included Coco Chanel, who opened one of her first boutiques here, Dufy, Fujita, Van Dongen, Apollinaire, Sacha Guitry and Colette.

The infatuation continued as Deauville grew with the construction of a second racecourse in 1928, 53/5000 The opening of the Hotel du Golf 1929, The creation of the airport in 1931.

A mid-20th century turning point

After World War II, Deauville became an international city. It was Claude Lelouch's film «A Man and a Woman» (Palme d'Or at the Festival de Cannes in 1966, Two Oscars in Hollywood and 47 international awards) which gives a new impetus to Deauville by associating the seaside city with romanticism.

In 1975, The first edition of the American Film Festival highlights the international enthusiasm and Deauville is developing around business tourism and important cultural events.

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