Published On: Fri, Aug 7th, 2015

For French Jews, resort town of Deauville doubles as a safe haven

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DEAUVILLE, France (JTA) – This seaside community situated 125 miles west of Paris boasts windswept beaches, turquoise-water marinas, a grand casino, a race track and an Olympic-size swimming pool.

Deauville, spanning 2.2 square miles, also has five kosher restaurants, three main synagogues and more than 20 smaller Jewish congregations. The picturesque Lower Normandy township emerged decades ago as a favorite holiday destination among affluent Paris Jews for its littoral beauty, plentiful amenities and proximity to the capital.

Colonial and French Normandy-style homes are clustered around the southern edges of its main street, which features small,  cobblestone piazzas. There are more affordable apartment houses to the north,  near the main marina, where the numerous yachts double as houseboats.

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