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Coordinates: 48°49′38″N 0°19′30″W / 48.8272°N 0.325°W / 48.8272; -0.325Coordinates: 48°49′38″N 0°19′30″W / 48.8272°N 0.325°W / 48.8272; -0.325

Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Orne
Arrondissement Argentan
Canton Putanges-Pont-Écrepin
Intercommunality Community of communes of the Val d'Orne
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Sylvie Pégat
 • Land1 6.61 km2 (2.55 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 180
 • Population2 density 27/km2 (71/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 61267 / 61210
Elevation 63–216 m (207–709 ft)
(avg. 171 m or 561 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.

Ménil-Hermei is a commune in the Orne department in the Basse-Normandie region of north-western France.


The mayor since March 2001 has been Sylvie Pégat. She is politically an independent.


Historical population of Ménil-Hermei
(Source : INSEE[1])
Year 1962196819751982199019992004
Population 221208203210176155176
From the year 1962 on: population without double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.


  • In 1321, Jean de Corday bought the fief of Mesnil-Hermey.
  • In 1465, the title of nobility of Raoul de Corday du Mesnil-Hermé is confirmed.
  • In 1505, Marguerite - the daughter of Guillaume "Raoult", Esquire, Lord of Mesnil-Hermey - marries Thomas Williamson, a Scottish knight staying in France with the French king, Charles VIII).
  • In the 18th century, the land of Mesnil-Hermey belonged to the Marquis de Rabodanges.

Places of interest

  • The valley of the River Orne with:
    • the raised stone which bygone people named: "Pierre à Gargantua".
    • the rock called "Bec Corbin", dominating the river, at the foot of which passed the old stone road from Domfront to Falaise, via Durcet, La Forêt-Auvray and Ménil-Hermei.

Between these two towns, the road followed (unlike the current asphalt road) the route of the old path of "Bougas". It was by this route that the imposing stone pedestal of the monument to William the Conqueror, erected at the foot of Falaise Castle in 1850, was sent, causing considerable difficulties for the horse teams between "Forest Bridge" and Ménil-Hermei.

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