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Population of the city (commune) at the 1999 census was 190,905 inhabitants (186,700 inhabitants as of February 2004 estimates). Population of the whole metropolitan area (aire urbaine) at the 1999 census was 296,773 inhabitants.
The city was founded in 1517, when it was named Franciscopolis after Francis I of France, and subsequently named Le Havre-de-Grâce (hence Havre de Grace, Maryland). Le Havre simply means the harbour or the port. Its construction was ordered to replace the ancient harbours of Honfleur and Harfleur whose utility had decreased due to silting.
Le Havre was the birthplace of:
- Georges de Scudéry (1601-1667), novelist, dramatist and poet
- Madeleine de Scudéry (1607-1701), writer
- Gabriel Monod (1844-1912), historian
- Arthur Honegger (1892-1955), composer, a member of Les Six
- Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), artist
- Raymond Queneau (1903-1976), poet and novelist.
- René Coty (1882-1962), French president (1954-1959)
- Raoul Dufy
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