Le Havre is first and foremost a gigantic sea port, the leading French port for foreign trade and container traffic and the fifth European port. Around this port dynamism, of which hydrocarbons are the main component, the city has been able to develop numerous activities, mainly in the trading sector and service activities.
Metropolis of the estuary and first city of Normandy, it was founded in 1517 by François I and then named “Le Havre de Grâce”. It spreads out its facilities at the tip of the most advanced pier in the Pays de Caux. Yet almost entirely destroyed in 1945, Le Havre has been able to redesign ancient and modern spaces and in 2001 received the label of “city of art and history”, awarded for the first time to an architectural creation of the 20th century. century. Equipped with a charming seaside resort, Ste Adresse, with several quality museums, it is resolutely looking to the future, as evidenced by its “Port 2000” project which aims to accommodate the largest ships.
It also offers a pleasant living environment and extensive leisure opportunities for its inhabitants.