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Roubaix

Roubaix
Robaais
The city hall
The city hall
Coat of arms of Roubaix
Motto: 
Probitas et Industria
Location of Roubaix
Map
Roubaix is located in France
Roubaix
Roubaix
Roubaix is located in Hauts-de-France
Roubaix
Roubaix
Coordinates: 50°41′24″N 3°10′54″E / 50.6901°N 3.18167°E / 50.6901; 3.18167
CountryFrance
RegionHauts-de-France
DepartmentNord
ArrondissementLille
CantonRoubaix-1 and Roubaix-2
IntercommunalityMétropole Européenne de Lille
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Guillaume Delbar[1]
Area
1
13.23 km2 (5.11 sq mi)
Population
 (2021)[2]
98,892
 • Density7,500/km2 (19,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Roubaisian (en)
Roubaisien(ne) (fr)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
59512 /59100
Elevation17–52 m (56–171 ft)
(avg. 35 m or 115 ft)
Websitewww.ville-roubaix.fr (in French)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Roubaix (French: [ʁubɛ] or [ʁube]; Dutch: Robaais; West Flemish: Roboais; Picard: Roubés) is a city in northern France, located in the Lille metropolitan area on the Belgian border. It is a historically mono-industrial commune[3] in the Nord department,[4] which grew rapidly in the 19th century from its textile industries, with most of the same characteristic features as those of English and American boom towns.[5][6] This former new town has faced many challenges linked to deindustrialisation such as urban decay,[7] with their related economic and social implications, since its major industries fell into decline by the middle of the 1970s. Located to the northeast of Lille, adjacent to Tourcoing, Roubaix is the chef-lieu of two cantons and the third largest city in the French region of Hauts-de-France ranked by population with nearly 99,000 inhabitants.[8]

Together with the nearby cities of Lille, Tourcoing, Villeneuve-d'Ascq and eighty-six other communes,[9] Roubaix gives structure to a four-centred metropolitan area inhabited by more than 1.1 million people: the European Metropolis of Lille.[10][11][12] To a greater extent, Roubaix is in the center of a vast conurbation formed with the Belgian cities of Mouscron, Kortrijk and Tournai, which gave birth to the first European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation in January 2008, Lille–Kortrijk–Tournai with an aggregate population of over 2 million inhabitants.[13]

Geography

Location

Roubaix occupies a central position on the north-east slope of the Métropole Européenne de Lille: it is set on the eastern side of Lille and the southern side of Tourcoing, close to the Belgian border. As regards towns' boundaries, Roubaix is encompassed by seven cities which constitute its immediate neighbouring environment. These municipalities are namely: Tourcoing to the north and the northwest, Wattrelos to the northeast, Leers to the east, Lys-lez-Lannoy to the southeast, Hem to the south and Croix to the southwest and the west. Roubaix, alongside those municipalities and twenty-one other communes, belongs to the land of Ferrain, a little district of the former Castellany of Lille between the Lys and Scheldt rivers.[14]

As the crow flies, the distance between Roubaix and the following cities is some odd: 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) to Tournai, 18 kilometres (11 mi) to Kortrijk, 84 kilometres (52 mi) to Brussels and 213 kilometres (132 mi) to Paris.[15]

Geology

The land upon which Roubaix stands belongs to the plain of Flanders. The Roubaisian area stretches on an east-west oriented shallow syncline axis which trends south-southeast to the Paleozoic limestone[16] of the Mélantois-Tournaisis faulted anticline.[17] It consists predominantly of Holocene alluvial sediment depositions. It is flat and low, with an elevation drop of only 35 m (114 ft 10 in) over its 13.23 square kilometres (5.11 sq mi). The lowest altitude of this area stands at 17 m (55 ft 9+12 in), while its highest altitude is 52 m (170 ft 7 in) meters above the sea level.[18]

Hydrology

The Trichon stream fed by waters of the Espierre stream used to flow through the rural landscape of Roubaix before the industrialisation process began to alter this area in the middle of the 19th century.[19] From that century on, the ensuing industries, with their increasing needs for reliable supplies of goods and water, led to the building of an inland waterway connected upstream from the Deûle and downstream to the Marque and Espierre toward the Scheldt, which linked directly Roubaix to Lille.[20][21]

Opened in 1877,[22] the Canal de Roubaix crosses the town from its northern neighbourhoods to its eastern neighbourhoods and partially flows along the city's boundaries. The Canal de Roubaix closed in 1985, after more than a century in use.[23] Thank to the European funded project Blue Links, the waterway has been reopened to boating traffic since 2011.[24]

Climate

The area of the city is not known for undergoing unusual weather events. In regard to the town's geographical location[25] and the results of the Météo-France's weather station of Lille-Lesquin,[26][27] Roubaix is a temperate oceanic climate: while summer experiences mild temperatures, winter's temperatures may fall to below zero. Precipitation is infrequently intense.

Climate data for Roubaix (1991−2020 normals, extremes 1965−present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 15.5
(59.9)
19.2
(66.6)
25.5
(77.9)
28.5
(83.3)
33.0
(91.4)
35.0
(95.0)
42.1
(107.8)
37.5
(99.5)
35.5
(95.9)
28.0
(82.4)
20.1
(68.2)
15.5
(59.9)
42.1
(107.8)
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 6.7
(44.1)
7.5
(45.5)
11.1
(52.0)
14.7
(58.5)
18.7
(65.7)
21.3
(70.3)
23.8
(74.8)
23.9
(75.0)
20.2
(68.4)
15.6
(60.1)
10.5
(50.9)
7.2
(45.0)
15.1
(59.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.1
(39.4)
4.5
(40.1)
7.4
(45.3)
10.1
(50.2)
13.9
(57.0)
16.6
(61.9)
18.9
(66.0)
18.9
(66.0)
15.7
(60.3)
11.9
(53.4)
7.7
(45.9)
4.8
(40.6)
11.2
(52.2)
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 1.6
(34.9)
1.5
(34.7)
3.7
(38.7)
5.5
(41.9)
9.2
(48.6)
11.9
(53.4)
14.0
(57.2)
13.9
(57.0)
11.2
(52.2)
8.2
(46.8)
4.8
(40.6)
2.4
(36.3)
7.4
(45.3)
Record low °C (°F) −14.5
(5.9)
−12.5
(9.5)
−7.5
(18.5)
−2.5
(27.5)
−1.0
(30.2)
3.0
(37.4)
5.0
(41.0)
5.0
(41.0)
3.0
(37.4)
−3.5
(25.7)
−7.0
(19.4)
−10.5
(13.1)
−14.5
(5.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 69.8
(2.75)
54.6
(2.15)
63.9
(2.52)
53.3
(2.10)
67.8
(2.67)
71.6
(2.82)
74.2
(2.92)
70.0
(2.76)
68.0
(2.68)
77.1
(3.04)
81.5
(3.21)
81.4
(3.20)
833.2
(32.80)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 13.0 10.8 12.3 10.6 11.3 9.8 10.3 8.9 10.8 12.0 13.3 13.1 136.2
Source: Météo-France[28]

Toponymy

The current city's name is most likely derived from Frankish rausa "reed" and baki "brook".[29][30][31] Therefore, the meaning of Roubaix can, in all likelihood, find its origin on the banks of its three historical brooks: Espierre, Trichon and Favreuil.[32] The place was mentioned for the first time in a Latinised form in the 9th century: Villa Rusbaci.[30][31][33] Thereafter, the following names were in use: 1047 and 1106 Rubais, 1122 Rosbays, 1166 Rusbais, 1156 and 1202 Robais, 1223 Roubais.[30][34] Over the span of centuries, the name evolved to Roubaix as shown on Mercator's map of Flanders published at Leuven in 1540.[35]

Parallel to the official and usual name Roubaix, some translations are worth a mention. Firstly, though the city has never belonged to the Flemish-speaking area,[36] the seldom-heard renderings Robeke[37][38] and Roodebeeke[39] are documented for Roubaix.[40] Furthermore, the Dutch Language Union established Robaais as the city's proper Dutch name.[41] Lastly, one can cite Rosbacum as the definite Latin transcription of Roubaix which has been in use since the 19th century, as recorded on dedication statements sealed in the first stones of the foundations of the City Hall laid in 1840 and the Church of Notre Dame laid in 1842.[42]

History

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View of the city, dated 1699. Landscape with the castle, surrounded by a moat, next to the Sainte-Elisabeth hospital at left, the mill at right and the Saint-Martin church, regarded as the city's centre point, at centre

Heraldry

Arms of Roubaix
Arms of Roubaix
The arms of Roubaix are blazoned:
Party per pale ermine a chief gules and azure, thereon between two bobbins argent a five-pointed star or in chief, a wool-cards at its centre and a shuttle fesswise in base or, all within a bordure indented of the same.



People

Inhabitants of Roubaix are known in English as "Roubaisians" and in French as Roubaisiens (pronounced [ʁu.bɛ.zjɛ̃]) or in the feminine form Roubaisiennes (pronounced [ʁu.bɛ.zjɛn]), also natively called Roubaignots (pronounced [ʁu.bɛ.njo]) or in the feminine form Roubaignotes (pronounced [ʁu.bɛ.njoz]).[43][44][45]

Demographics

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1716 4,715—    
1764 7,363+0.93%
1789 8,559+0.60%
1793 9,120+1.60%
1800 8,091−1.70%
1801 8,151+0.74%
1805 8,703+1.65%
1806 8,724+0.24%
1817 8,724+0.00%
1821 12,170+8.68%
1830 13,132+0.85%
1831 18,187+38.49%
1836 19,455+1.36%
1841 24,802+4.98%
1842 24,892+0.36%
1846 31,039+5.67%
1851 34,698+2.25%
1856 39,445+2.60%
1861 49,274+4.55%
1866 65,091+5.73%
1872 75,987+2.61%
1876 83,661+2.43%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1881 91,757+1.86%
1886 100,299+1.80%
1891 114,917+2.76%
1896 124,661+1.64%
1901 124,365−0.05%
1906 121,017−0.54%
1911 122,723+0.28%
1921 113,265−0.80%
1926 117,209+0.69%
1931 117,190−0.00%
1936 107,105−1.78%
1946 100,978−0.59%
1954 110,067+1.08%
1962 112,856+0.31%
1968 114,547+0.25%
1975 109,553−0.63%
1982 101,602−1.07%
1990 97,746−0.48%
1999 96,984−0.09%
2007 97,423+0.06%
2012 94,536−0.60%
2017 96,990+0.51%
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From 1962 to 1999: population without double counting
Source: L.E. Marissal for 1716, 1789, 1801, 1805, 1817, 1830 and 1842,[46] Comte du Muy for 1764,[47] Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 2006[18] and INSEE from 2007[48]

The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses carried out in the town since 1793 and the research study of Louis-Edmond Marissal, Clerk of the Peace of the city, published in 1844.[46] Roubaix evolved into a provincial market town until the end of the Early modern period with a census population of 4,715 inhabitants in 1716.[46] By the late 18th century, the city began to emerge as regional textile manufacturing centre and its population increased, reaching a level of 8,091 in 1800. As a result of the industrialisation process of the 19th century, the need of workers was supplied by rural flight as well as immigration. Belgian settlement was a feature of the Roubaisian life at that time.[49][50]

During the first-half period of the 19th century, Roubaix ranked the first French town in terms of population growth rate with a five times increase,[51] whereas in the remaining period of this century its population doubled. Within this last time framework, Belgian immigration appeared to be one of the major factor to explain the significantly high population growth, with 30,465 Belgian inhabitants counted in 1866 and 42,103 in 1872.[52] Nonetheless, the rate of natural increase shew to be a more important component of the population growth in that period.[53]

At the 20th century threshold, the Roubaisian population reached a peak of 124,661, from which it progressively declined over the successive decades. Occupied by German troops from October 1914 to October 1918, Roubaix belonged to the combat zone of the Western Front during the First World War.[54] Over this occupation period, Roubaisians suffered from dearth, deportation for compulsory labour and unusual casualties[55] with a rather slight population drop from 122,723 to 113,265 between the 1911 and 1921 censuses.[56]

The population of the city was 98,828 as of January 2019.[8] This enables Roubaix to remain the third largest municipality in the region Hauts-de-France, after Lille and Amiens.

As of 2019, at least 25% of residents in Roubaix were immigrants, mainly of Arab, North African, Turkish, and Sub-Saharan African origin.[57][58][59]

Languages

Although the region of Roubaix was subjected many times to the domination of Flanders' rulers throughout its history, Roubaisians have used a local Picard variant as the language of everyday life for centuries. This spoken vernacular is locally known as Roubaignot.[60][61] Until the early 20th century this patois prevailed.[62] Therefore, French language progressive penetration into local culture should not only be analysed as a result of the industrialisation and urbanisation of the area but should also be considered in terms of public education policies.[44][63]

Religion

Christianity

The city of Roubaix is divided into six Catholic parishes and belongs to the deanery of the same name in the archdiocese of Lille.

Judaism

In the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War and the German annexation of Alsace-Lorraine, many Jews left their homes and emigrated.[64][65] Jewish arrival in Roubaix derives from that bitter period of history.[66][67] At the time, the new immigrant community, even though its small size, dedicated a building to Jewish faith and liturgical practises.[67][68][69] The newly opened synagogue, located in a house at number 51 on the narrow rue des Champs,[67][69] operated more than 60 years, until 1939, when it was closed under imprecise local circumstances as the Nazi regime took over in Europe.[69][70] Despite the closure of the synagogue, the occupation and police raids,[note 1][72] the local practise of Judaism saw a humble revival after the war which lasted until the start of the 1990s when the modest Jewry of Roubaix handed over its Sefer Torah to the care of the Jewish community of Lille.[70] Roubaix has no longer been home to a Jewish place of worship since that event.[73] The house inside which the first one was created 123 years ago, has been demolished since an urban renewal project occurred in 2000.[67] On 10 September 2015 the mayor unveiled a commemorative plaque on the rue des Champs, as a tribute to the Roubaisian Jewry, in memory of the religious purpose of this previous building.[70]

Islam

As of August 2013 there were six mosques in the town, including one under construction. According to estimates by the mayor's office, around 20,000 people, or at least 20% of the population were Muslims.[74][58] Over one-in-three residents in Roubaix are of Arab, North African, Turkish, and Sub-Saharan African origin.[57] Four areas of the cemetery were designated for Muslims.[75]

Buddhism

During the second half of the 20th century, the city took in Buddhist communities from originally Buddhist countries in the Southeast Asian peninsula including Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.[76] Within this background Roubaix has brought together two Buddhist traditions on its territory, hence cultural variations across communities: Mahāyāna and Theravāda with, respectively, one and four places of worship.[77]

Urbanism

Urban geography

During the Middle Age, the city grew in a northward-facing semicircle around its primitive core, beyond the area spread out between the church Saint Martin and the former fortified castle. The existence of this south boundary remained until the 18th century and marked an urban expansion which mainly occurred on the western and northern sides of the town.[78] Increasing industrialisation, land transport improvement, continued population growth and the resulting need for suitable low cost lands for housing and manufacturing plants, all of which finally led to expand the city southward from the centre, in the 19th century.[79]

Administrative and political affairs

Constituencies and cantons

Roubaix grouped four cantons from 1988 to 2012. Since then, this number has fallen to two with Roubaix 1 and Roubaix 2. After the last redistricting of French legislative constituencies in 2010, the city is now divided into two constituencies: Nord's 7th constituency which include the former canton of Roubaix-Ouest and Nord's 8th constituency formed by the following former cantons: Roubaix-Centre, Roubaix-Nord and Roubaix-Est.

Administrative zoning

Eastern district neighbourhoods

  • Fraternité
  • Pile
  • Sainte-Elisabeth
  • Sartel-Carihem
  • Trois Ponts

Western district neighbourhoods

  • Epeule
  • Fresnoy-Mackellerie
  • Trichon

Central district neighbourhoods

  • Anseelme Motte-Bossut
  • Barbieux
  • Centre-ville
  • Crouy
  • Espérance
  • Nations-Unies
  • Vauban

Northern district neighbourhoods

  • Alma-Gare
  • Armentières
  • Cul de Four
  • Entrepont
  • Fosses aux Chênes
  • Hommelet
  • Hutin-Oran-Cartigny

Southern district neighbourhoods

  • Chemin Neuf
  • Edouard Vaillant
  • Hauts-Champs
  • Justice
  • Linné-Boulevards
  • Moulin
  • Nouveau Roubaix
  • Petites-Haies
  • Potennerie

Mayors of the city

Mayor Term start Term end Party[note 2]
Henri Carette May 1892 December 1901 POF
Edouard Roussel December 1901 January 1902 UDR
Eugène Motte January 1902 May 1912 FR
Jean-Baptiste Lebas[note 3] May 1912 March 1915 SFIO
Henri Thérin[note 4] March 1915 October 1918 SFIO
Jean-Baptiste Lebas October 1918 June 1940 SFIO
Fleuris Vanherpe[note 5] June 1940 August 1941
Marcel Guislain August 1941 December 1941
Alphonse Verbeurgt January 1942 May 1942
Charles Bauduin May 1942 July 1942
Victor Provo[note 6] July 1942 March 1977 SFIO then PS
Pierre Prouvost March 1977 March 1983 PS
André Diligent March 1983 May 1994 UDF-CDS
René Vandierendonck May 1994 March 2012 UDF-CDS then DVG and finally PS
Pierre Dubois March 2012 March 2014 PS
Guillaume Delbar April 2014 UMP then LR and finally DVD

International relations

Roubaix is twinned with:[86]

Landmarks

Remarkable buildings, old brick factories and warehouses abound in this once renowned city which was esteemed to be a worldwide textile capital in the early years of the 20th century.[94] Thus, the city inherited one of the most architectural works in the French history and culture of the 19th century Industrial Revolution and was designated Town of Art and History on 13 December 2000.[95] Ever since the Ministry of Culture endowed Roubaix with this label, the city has entered the 21st century by promoting its cultural standing as the inheritance of its industrial and social history.[96]

Several profane or sacral buildings of Roubaix are registered as historic monuments.

Secular buildings registered as monuments historiques
Religious structures registered as monuments historiques

Sculptures and memorials

The city has been the place where illustrious names of French sculptors put their skills to create memorial monuments since the end of the 19th century until the middle of the 20th century. After a long slack period 2010 introduced a shift in the genre with the unveiling of Wim Delvoye's Discobolos, a statue of modern art conceived as a welcoming sign to a neighbourhood of the city.[97] The sculptures and memorial monuments in Roubaix which deserve notice for their historical or artistical interest are mentioned below.

  • Discobolos: a New patrons project by Wim Delvoye (sculptor), Bruno Dupont (mediator), Fondation de France and city of Roubaix (supporters), ordered by the neighbourhood residents with the members of the Hommelet neighbourhood committee[note 7] and inaugurated on 5 June 2010[98]
  • Joan of Arc statue: Maxime Real del Sarte (sculptor), inaugurated on 27 May 1952[99]
  • Memorial to Jean-Baptiste Lebas: Albert de Jaeger (sculptor), funded through public subscription and inaugurated on 23 October 1949[99][100]
  • Memorial to Resistance Martyrs of Roubaix: Albert de Jaeger (sculptor), engraved "Roubaix a ses martyrs de la Résistance" and "Ils ont brisé les chaînes de l'oppression",[note 8] ordered by the City council and inaugurated on 11 November 1948[101]
  • Memorial to Eugène Motte: Raoul Bénard (sculptor), Gustave Poubel (architect), funded through public subscription and inaugurated on 22 September 1935[99]
  • Memorial to Jean-Joseph Weerts: Alexandre Descatoire (sculptor), ordered by the City council and inaugurated on 29 October 1931[102]
  • Memorial to Louis Bossut: Maxime Real del Sarte (sculptor), ordered by the City council and inaugurated on 4 October 1925[99][103]
  • Monuments aux Morts or World War I Memorial of Roubaix: Alexandre Descatoire (sculptor), Jean-Frédéric Wielhorski (architect), engraved "Roubaix à ses enfants morts pour la défense du pays et pour la paix",[note 9] ordered by the City council and inaugurated on 18 October 1925[104]
  • Memorial to Jules Guesde: Georgette Agutte-Sembat (sculptor), Albert Bührer (architect), funded through public subscription and inaugurated on 12 April 1925[105][106]
  • Memorial to Amédée Prouvost: Hippolyte Lefèbvre (sculptor), ordered by the City council and inaugurated on 29 October 1922[99]
  • Memorial to Pierre Destombes: Corneille Theunissen (sculptor), engraved "Hortorum, Musicae, Librorumque, Studiosus",[note 10] ordered by the City council and inaugurated on 29 October 1922[99][107]
  • Memorial to Gustave Nadaud: Alphonse-Amédée Cordonnier (sculptor), Gustave Leblanc-Barbedienne (art founder), inaugurated on 11 October 1896[99][108]

Culture

Museums

Roubaix has been home to two major museums of the region Hauts-de-France since the beginning of the 21st century: La Piscine[note 11] and La Manufacture;[note 12] inheriting both of the local socioeconomic history. La Piscine, also known as the Musée d'Art & d'Industrie André Diligent,[note 13] is one of the most lauded cultural attractions in northern France. This museum is housed in the Art Deco-style former swimming pool of Roubaix, a building remodelled in 2000 to accommodate and exhibit 19th and 20th century collections of the city.[note 14] After being closed for two years of renovation works and extension, it was reopened to the public in October 2018, becoming more successful than ever before.[109] La Manufacture is the reference textile museum in northern France. It is hosted in an old weaving factory.

Painting

The most prestigious names of painters, who made their reputation in Roubaix from the middle of the 19th century to the early 20th century are Jean-Joseph Weerts[102] and Rémy Cogghe.[110]

From the end of the Second World War to the beginning of the 1970s, a casual group of young artists from Roubaix and the surrounding region was formed and given the name Groupe de Roubaix.[111][112][113] Two painters commonly associated with the group are Arthur Van Hecke and Eugène Leroy.[114][115][116]

Fashion

Anxious to restore the prestige of northern France's textile industry and operating under the label of Maisons de Mode, the cities of Lille and Roubaix have created spaces for new fashion designers to thrive since 2007. The Roubaisian location, next to La Piscine museum, is known as Le Vestiaire.[note 15] There are fifteen boutiques and fashion studios housed in an old industrial building.[117]

Theatre and performing arts centres

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  • Centre chorégraphique national Roubaix - Hauts-de-France[note 16]
  • Colisée
  • Condition publique
  • Théâtre de l'Oiseau-Mouche "Le Garage"
  • Théâtre Louis Richard
  • Théâtre Pierre de Roubaix

Cinema

The city of Roubaix has a rich heritage in film production and been the filming location (mostly or partly) of the following productions:

Higher education

  • The EDHEC Business School is one of the few Grandes École located outside the Paris Metropolitan Area. It is one of Europe's fastest rising business schools.
  • ENSAIT is a higher education and research institute, gathering all the disciplines related to textiles.
  • ESAAT is a design education institute.
  • Decentralisation of the Universities of Lille II and Lille III[139]

Libraries

  • Médiathèque "La Grand'Plage"
  • National Archives of the World of Work

Sport

Roubaix has an old sporting heritage[140] and is home to the finish of one of the world's oldest races of professional road cycling at its velodrome: Paris–Roubaix, known as the Hell of the North. While Roubaix is famous for its velodrome, there is more to this city than the cycling sports facilities.

The building of indoor and outdoor sports amenities in the city should be associated with its era of economic rise during the industrial revolution, in addition to the development of local sporting clubs and associations.[141]

In October 2021 Roubaix hosted the 2021 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Economy

During the 19th century, Roubaix acquired an international reputation for textile industry and wool production. In the 1970s and 1980s, international competition and automation caused an industrial decline and resulted in the closure of many factories. From that moment on and since the implementation of the French urban policy in the early 1980s, around three-fourths of the town's territory has been regularly assigned specific zoning designations as well as health and welfare plans.[142]

Roubaix's high level of unemployment is a consequence of the desindustrialisation. The town is listed among France's poorest cities.[96][143] Successive local governments have tried to address difficulties associated with deindustrialisation by attracting new industries, making the most of the town's cultural credentials[96] and organising a strong student presence on different campuses. While undergoing conversion efforts, the city is experimenting with new models and able to take advantage of successful economic stories, with online retail and information technology, and seems to be on the way to reverse the decades of decline.[144]

Textile industry

Nowadays, local textile companies are focusing on developing high-tech textile products.

Commerce and services

Mail order companies of international renown such as La Redoute,[145] Damart[146][147] and 3 Suisses,[148][149] stemmed from textile industries which were founded in Roubaix. Showroomprive.com has been locally established since 2016 as an e-commerce company that specialises in online flash sales.

Information technology and e-business

  • OVH was created in Roubaix in 1999 and became a global IT infrastructure company, creating more than thousand jobs in the city and surroundings. Its head office is still in Roubaix.[150]
  • Ankama Games has established its head office in Roubaix since 2007.[151]
  • Blanchemaille, an e-commerce cluster helped by the incubator EuraTechnologies, has been established in the former building of La Redoute in Roubaix since 2014.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Roubaix's position in the motorway roads network
Roubaix and Tourcoing

A22 autoroute, a French part of the European route E17 from Burgundy to Antwerp, is the only motorway, within a motorway roads network of the highest density in France after Paris, which passes by Roubaix.

The Gare de Roubaix railway station offers connections to Antwerp, Lille, Ostend, Paris and Tourcoing.

The city is also served by the Lille Metro.

Environmental perspectives

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s desindustrialisation dramatically influenced major urban landscapes across the arrondissement of Lille.[152] Large areas of brownfield land came to mark the city of Roubaix. With the support of the local and national government programs, these areas are acquired and gradually restored or rebuilt.

Roubaix has one of the most efficient biomass district heating plant in France[153] and is therefore among the most advanced cities for sustainability in Hauts-de-France. Since 2014, the city has been engaged in several related initiatives aimed at moving to a circular economy and a zero waste future.[154]

Notable people

Artists

Athletes

Politicians and professionals

Scientists

Writers

See also

Notes and references

Notes

  1. ^ The Jewish population of Roubaix dropped from 160 members[70] in the beginning of its settlement to 68 in 1942.[71]
  2. ^ Under French State's dictatorship from 1940 to 1944, mayors of communes over 2,000 inhabitants were not elected democratically. The mayor was nominated by the government of Marshal Philippe Pétain in communes of over 10,000 inhabitants and the prefet in communes less than 10,000 inhabitants and more than 2,000. The mayor in communes less than 2,000 inhabitants was elected by the city council. Mayors of communes of the Zone interdite were nominated by prefects in agreement with the German authorities. Therefore, mayors are not affiliated to a political party for this period of time.[80][81]
  3. ^ Jean-Baptiste Lebas's mandate was interrupted when he was arrested on March 7, 1915 by German authorities to be imprisoned in the fortress of Rastatt.
  4. ^ Henri Thérin, the first deputy mayor, stood in for Jean-Baptiste Lebas during his imprisonment time.
  5. ^ Fleuris Vanherpe, the eldest deputy mayor of the city council, supplanted Jean-Baptiste Lebas after his forfeiture in June 1940, and was entrusted functions of mayor on December 18, 1940.[82] His death, on August 17, 1941, put an early end to his mandate.
  6. ^ Victor Provo accepted the mandate in 1942.[83] He was maintained by resistance committees in 1944 then elected in April 1945.[84][85]
  7. ^ A local association (as per the 1901 law about association) called "Comité de quartier de l'Hommelet"
  8. ^ "Roubaix has its martyrs of the Resistance" and "They broke the chains of oppression"
  9. ^ "Roubaix to his children died in defense of the country and for peace"
  10. ^ "Friend of the gardens, music and books"
  11. ^ "The Swimming Pool"
  12. ^ "The Manufactory"
  13. ^ "André Diligent Museum of Art and Industry"
  14. ^ The collections held at the museum include sculptures by Alberto Giacometti, Auguste Rodin, Camille Claudel and Pablo Picasso
  15. ^ The Cloakroom
  16. ^ National choreographic centre Roubaix - Hauts-de-France

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