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Clécy is a picturesque village and Commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France. It is located on the River Orne, in the middle of the area known as Swiss Normandy (French: Suisse Normande), some 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of Caen. Covering 2,463 hectares (6,090 acres) it is the largest commune in the canton of Thury-Harcourt. In 1932 it was awarded the title 'The Capital of Swiss Normandy' by the then Tourism Minister Monsieur Gourdeau.

In 1800, the commune had a population of 2171. By 2008, this had shrunk to 1225. The local inhabitants are known as Clécyens. The village's location in the Suisse Normande means that it is popular with tourists and the population swells in the summer months. Many outdoor activities are available including kayaking, paragliding, climbing, hill walking and mountain biking.

The commune has a wealth of historical treasures in the form of châteaux and manor houses that are spread all over Clécy and its surroundings. In the early part of the twentieth century painters such as Pissaro, Moteley and Hardy visited the area and painted landscapes around Clécy. Pissaro moved to Clécy in 1936.

Taken from an article about the commune in Wikipedea.

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