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La Ferté-Macé

La Ferté-Macé

L'Avenue Thiers; l'église Notre-Dame (church of Our Lady)

Coat of arms
La Ferté-Macé
La Ferté-Macé

Coordinates: 48°35′36″N 0°21′22″W / 48.5933°N 0.3561°W / 48.5933; -0.3561Coordinates: 48°35′36″N 0°21′22″W / 48.5933°N 0.3561°W / 48.5933; -0.3561

Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Orne
Arrondissement Alençon
Canton La Ferté-Macé (chef-lieu)
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacques Dalmont
 • Land1 27.04 km2 (10.44 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 6,201
 • Population2 density 230/km2 (590/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 61168 / 61600
Elevation 165–203 m (541–666 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

La Ferté-Macé is a commune in the Orne department in north-western France.


During the First World War the village housed a military detention camp, the Dépôt de Triage. Among others, the American poet E. E. Cummings and his friend William Slater Brown, then volunteers in the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps in France, were held there between September 21, 1917 and December 19 of the same year, on charges of "espionage" which in fact consisted of having expressed anti war opinions. Cummings' experiences in the camp at La Ferté-Mace were later related in his novel, The Enormous Room.


The arms of La Ferté-Macé are blazoned :
Gules, a beehive and a shuttle bendwise sinister Or.

See also


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