Tourcoing is a city
A city is a relatively large and permanent settlement. Although there is no agreement on how a city is distinguished from a town within general English language meanings, many cities have a particular administrative, legal, or historical status based on local law.For example, in the U.S...

 in northern France
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

. It is designated municipally as 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...

 within the département of Nord.

Tourcoing is situated near the cities of Lille
Lille is a city in northern France . It is the principal city of the Lille Métropole, the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the country behind those of Paris, Lyon and Marseille. Lille is situated on the Deûle River, near France's border with Belgium...

 and Roubaix
Roubaix is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. It is located between the cities of Lille and Tourcoing.The Gare de Roubaix railway station offers connections to Lille, Tourcoing, Antwerp, Ostend and Paris.-Culture:...

 and the Belgian
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Main sights

  • Church of St Christopher (15th-16th centuries), considered one of the most beautiful Neo-Gothic edifices of Nord. In stone and brickwork, it has an 80 m-high bell tower with more than 80 bells.
  • Hospice de Havre, founded in 1260. The cloister and the chapel date from the seventeenth century.
  • Hôtel de ville (1885), in Napoleon III-style.
  • Jardin botanique de Tourcoing
    Jardin botanique de Tourcoing
    The Jardin botanique de Tourcoing is a municipal botanical garden and arboretum located at 32 rue du Moulin Fagot, Tourcoing, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. It is open daily; admission is free....

    , a botanical garden
    Botanical garden
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     and arboretum
    An arboretum in a narrow sense is a collection of trees only. Related collections include a fruticetum , and a viticetum, a collection of vines. More commonly, today, an arboretum is a botanical garden containing living collections of woody plants intended at least partly for scientific study...



The city was the site of a significant victory for France during the French Revolutionary Wars
French Revolutionary Wars
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. Marshal Charles Pichegru
Charles Pichegru
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 and his general
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s Joseph Souham
Joseph Souham
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 and Jean Moreau
Jean Victor Marie Moreau
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 defeated a combined force of British
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 and Austrian troops in the Battle of Tourcoing on 29 Floréal II
French Republican Calendar
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 (18 May 1794).


The Gare de Tourcoing
Gare de Tourcoing
Gare de Tourcoing is a railway station serving the town Tourcoing, Nord department, northern France.-Services:-References:*...

 is a railway station offering direct connections to Lille and Paris (high speed trains), Kortrijk, Ostend, Ghent and Antwerp.

Notable people

  • Albert Roussel
    Albert Roussel
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    , composer
  • Brigitte Fossey
    Brigitte Fossey
    Brigitte Fossey, born in Tourcoing, Nord, is a French actress.-Early years:The daughter of a schoolteacher, Fossey was five years old when she was cast by director René Clément to star in his film, Forbidden Games. Fossey played the role of an innocent child orphaned by World War II...

    , actress
  • Brigitte Lahaie
    Brigitte Lahaie
    Brigitte Lahaie is a radio talk show host, actress and former pornographic actress from France. She began her career at age 15 with a minor role in Africa Erotica and performed in pornographic films from 1976 through 1980....

    , pornstar
  • Joseph-Charles Lefèbvre
    Joseph-Charles Lefèbvre
    Joseph-Charles Lefèbvre was a French Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Bourges from 1943 to 1969, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1960....

    , bishop of Bourges, cardinal
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    , cousin of
  • Marcel Lefebvre
    Marcel Lefebvre
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    , missionary priest and, later, controversial archbishop, cousin of Joseph-Charles
  • Mr. Sam
    Mr. Sam
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    , a popular deejay and producer running his own record label since 2008.
  • Stéphane Denève
    Stéphane Denève
    Stéphane Denève is a French conductor. Born in Tourcoing, France, and a graduate of the Paris Conservatoire, Denève has worked as conducting assistant to Sir Georg Solti with the Orchestre de Paris, Georges Prêtre at the Opéra National de Paris, and Seiji Ozawa at the Saito Kinen Festival...

    , conductor
  • Anna Gomis
    Anna Gomis
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    , wrestler
  • Yohan Cabaye
    Yohan Cabaye
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    , footballer currently playing for Newcastle United.
  • Jean-Marc Degraeve
    Jean-Marc Degraeve
    Jean-Marc Degraeve is a Grandmaster of chess from France.-Accomplishments:Degraeve won the French Junior Championship in 1987, and had attained the title of International Master in 1991, followed by the Grandmaster title in 1998. He played for France in various international tournaments,...

    , chess grandmaster.

Twin towns

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, Germany Biella
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, Italy Bottrop
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, Germany Guimarães
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, Portugal Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Poland Mouscron
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, Belgium Mühlhausen
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, Germany Rochdale
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, United Kingdom Veszprém
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, Hungary

See also

  • Battle of Tourcoing (1794)
    Battle of Tourcoing (1794)
    The Battle of Tourcoing was fought near the town of Tourcoing, just north of Lille in northeastern France on 18 May 1794 and resulted in the victory of the French under Major-Generals Joseph Souham and Jean Moreau over the British under the Duke of York and the Austrians under General the Prince of...

  • Free Institution of Sacred Heart
    Free Institution of Sacred Heart
    The Institution Libre du Sacré-Cœur is the oldest and most prestigious school of Tourcoing, next to Lille in the North of France. Its current name is the Collège de Tourcoing .-History:...

  • Communes of the Nord department
  • See pictures from Antonio Mucherino's web site

External links

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