Bailleul, Nord

Bailleul (Belle in Dutch) is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. It is located in French Flanders, 3 km (2 mi) from the Belgian border and 26 km (16 mi) northwest of Lille.

Bailleul

Belle
Market place and belfry of Bailleul

Coat of arms
Location of Bailleul
Bailleul
Bailleul
Coordinates: 50°44′21″N 2°44′00″E
CountryFrance
RegionHauts-de-France
DepartmentNord
ArrondissementDunkerque
CantonBailleul
IntercommunalityCommunauté de communes de Flandre Intérieure
Government
  Mayor (2014-2020) Marc Deneuche
Area
1
43.42 km2 (16.76 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
14,725
  Density340/km2 (880/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
59043 /59270
Elevation14–86 m (46–282 ft)
(avg. 44 m or 144 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Population

Politics

Presidential Elections 2nd Round

ElectionWinning CandidateParty%
2017 Emmanuel Macron En Marche! 56.30
2012 François Hollande PS 50.87
2007 Nicolas Sarkozy UMP 51.52
2002 Jacques Chirac RPR 82.44

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Heraldry

The arms of Bailleul are blazoned :
Gules, a cross vair.

Media

Bailleul is the birthplace of French filmmaker Bruno Dumont and served as the setting for his first two feature films. This area is also a setting in the Timothy Findley book The Wars.

Carnival

The inhabitants of Bailleul celebrate carnival with five days of processions and other festivities. The carnival has taken place since 1853, when the Philanthropic Company of Bailleul was founded. During the event, a search takes place for the needy ones of the city. The Gargantua Giant chairs the festivities, seated on his float and accompanied by his kitchen boys.

At the end of Shrove Tuesday, after the final procession of around 50 floats, with local groups, brass bands and plenty of confetti, Doctor Francisco Piccolissimo tries to cure the excesses of some inhabitants in an unconventional way in front of the town hall, and the festival continues late into the night in the town's cafés and bars.

Points of interest

Railways

Bailleul has a railway station on the line from Lille to Calais and Dunkirk.

International relations

Bailleul is twinned with:[3]

  • Werne, Germany, since 1967
  • Hawick, Scotland, United Kingdom, since 1973
  • Izegem, Belgium, since 1992
  • Kyritz, Germany, since 2012
  • Wałcz, Poland, since 2015

Personalities

See also

References

Sources
Notes
  1. "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. "Résultats France - Présidentielle 2017 - 1er et 2nd tour". lemonde.fr. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  3. "Jumelages". ville-bailleul.fr (in French). Bailleul. Retrieved 2019-11-21.


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