Le Creusot
Le Creusot is a commune
Communes of France
The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes are roughly equivalent to incorporated municipalities or villages in the United States or Gemeinden in Germany...

 in the Saône-et-Loire
Saône-et-Loire is a French department, named after the Saône and the Loire rivers between which it lies.-History:When it was formed during the French Revolution, as of March 4, 1790 in fulfillment of the law of December 22, 1789, the new department combined parts of the provinces of southern...

 department in the region
Régions of France
France is divided into 27 administrative regions , 22 of which are in Metropolitan France, and five of which are overseas. Corsica is a territorial collectivity , but is considered a region in mainstream usage, and is even shown as such on the INSEE website...

 of Bourgogne
Burgundy is one of the 27 regions of France.The name comes from the Burgundians, an ancient Germanic people who settled in the area in early Middle-age. The region of Burgundy is both larger than the old Duchy of Burgundy and smaller than the area ruled by the Dukes of Burgundy, from the modern...

 in eastern France
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The inhabitants are known as Creusotins. Formerly a mining town, its economy is now dominated by metallurgical companies such as ArcelorMittal, Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is a French global company. It was founded in 1836 by two brothers, Eugène and Adolphe Schneider.In the first part of the 20th century, Schneider et Cie associated itself with Westinghouse Systems, a major international electrical group at the time. The group began manufacturing...

, and Alstom
Alstom is a large multinational conglomerate which holds interests in the power generation and transport markets. According to the company website, in the years 2010-2011 Alstom had annual sales of over €20.9 billion, and employed more than 85,000 people in 70 countries. Alstom's headquarters are...


Since the 1990s, the town has been developing its touristic credentials. Its main attraction is the Parc des Combes
Parc des Combes
The Parc des Combes is a park located in Le Creusot, in Burgundy, France. The park is essentially wooded, and constitutes one of the most touristic spots of the town, mainly thanks to its touristic train, called Train des combes. The French word Combe can be translated as anticlinal valley, given...

. The Creusot steam hammer
Creusot steam hammer
The Creusot steam hammer was a giant steam hammer built in 1877 by Schneider and Co. in the French industrial town of Le Creusot. With the ability to deliver a blow of up to 100 tons, the Creusot hammer was the most powerful in the world until 1891, when the Bethlehem Iron Company of the United...

 has been rebuilt as a tourist attraction in the town square.

Le Creusot is also the second educational centre of the Bourgogne (after Dijon
Dijon is a city in eastern France, the capital of the Côte-d'Or département and of the Burgundy region.Dijon is the historical capital of the region of Burgundy. Population : 151,576 within the city limits; 250,516 for the greater Dijon area....

), with its IUT
Institut universitaire de technologie
The Instituts universitaires de technologie or IUT are part of the university system in France. The IUT were created in 1966...

 and the Condorcet university centre.


About 5 km (3.11 mi) south-east of town centre is the Gare du Creusot TGV
Gare du Creusot TGV
The Gare du Creusot TGV is a railway station on the LGV Sud-Est providing TGV high-speed train services to the town of Le Creusot, France. Opened 27 September 1981, the station is located outside the city in the town of Écuisses and is accessible by road....

, a train station on the LGV Sud-Est
LGV Sud-Est
The LGV Sud-Est is a high-speed rail line, which links Paris' and Lyon's suburbs, in France. The inauguration of the first section between Saint-Florentin and Sathonay on 22 September 1981 marked the beginning of the re-invigoration of French passenger rail service.This line, subsequently...

 line, which links the area to Paris, Lyon and beyond with high-speed rail
High-speed rail
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Notable people

  • Christian Bobin
    Christian Bobin
    Christian Bobin is a French author and poet.He received of the 1993 Prix des Deux Magots for the book Le Très-Bas .-Works:...

     (b. 1951), writer
  • Fr. Bruno Cadoré
    Bruno Cadoré
    Father Bruno Cadoré, O.P. is a French Roman Catholic priest of the Dominican Order. He was elected the 87th Master of the Order of Preachers at the General Chapter of the Order in Rome, on 5 September 2010 and therefore ex offico Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas...

     (b. 1954), Dominican priest and current Master of the Order
  • Mathilde Carré
    Mathilde Carré
    Mathilde Carré , known as "La Chatte", was a French Resistance agent during World War II who turned double agent....

     (1910–1970), French Resistance agent during World War II, who turned double agent
  • Sébastien Grax
    Sébastien Grax
    Sébastien Grax is a French footballer who currently plays for Troyes AC. He started life at Monaco in 2001 where he played 4 games in 3 years. He was then loaned out to ES Troyes AC in 2004 where he scored 16 goals in 35 games...

     (b. 1984), footballer
  • Claudie Haigneré
    Claudie Haigneré
    Claudie Haigneré is a French doctor, politician, and former astronaut with the Centre National d'Études Spatiales and the European Space Agency ....

     (b. 1957), astronaut
  • Anthony da Silva (b. 1980), footballer
  • Mickaël Vendetta
    Mickaël Vendetta
    Mickaël Vendetta is a French Internet phenomenon. He was born October 3, 1987 in Le Creusot and owes its fame to the buzz he succeeded to create on the internet....

     (b. 1987), Internet celebrity

Twin towns — Sister cities

Le Creusot is twinned
Town twinning
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 with: Bor
Bor, Serbia
Bor is a town and municipality located in eastern Serbia, with one of the largest copper mines in Europe and it has been a mining centre since 1904, when a French company began operations there. It is the administrative center of the Bor District of Serbia...

, Serbia
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. Blieskastel
Blieskastel is a municipality in the Saarpfalz district, in Saarland, Germany. It is situated on the river Blies, approximately 8 km west of Zweibrücken, and 20 km east of Saarbrücken.-International relations:...

, Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

 [1959]. Rumia
Rumia is a city in the Eastern Pomerania region of north-western Poland, with some 45,000 inhabitants. It is a part of the Kashubian Tricity and a suburb part of the metropolitan area of the Tricity...

, Poland
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