Ablain-Saint-Nazaire

Ablain-Saint-Nazaire is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France.

Ablain-Saint-Nazaire
Ruins of the church destroyed during World War I
Ruins of the church destroyed during World War I
Coat of arms of Ablain-Saint-Nazaire
Coat of arms
Location of Ablain-Saint-Nazaire
Ablain-Saint-Nazaire is located in France
Ablain-Saint-Nazaire
Ablain-Saint-Nazaire
Ablain-Saint-Nazaire is located in Hauts-de-France
Ablain-Saint-Nazaire
Ablain-Saint-Nazaire
Coordinates: 50°23′34″N 2°42′48″E / 50.3928°N 2.7133°E / 50.3928; 2.7133Coordinates: 50°23′34″N 2°42′48″E / 50.3928°N 2.7133°E / 50.3928; 2.7133
CountryFrance
RegionHauts-de-France
DepartmentPas-de-Calais
ArrondissementLens
CantonBully-les-Mines
IntercommunalityLens-Liévin
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Dominique Robillart
Area
1
9.85 km2 (3.80 sq mi)
Population
 (2017)
1,772
 • Density180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Ablainois, Ablainoises
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
62001 /62153
Elevation77–188 m (253–617 ft)
(avg. 95 m or 312 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

GeographyEdit

A farming village located 8 miles (12 km) north of Arras, on the D57 road. It was rebuilt after being destroyed during World War I. The Saint-Nazaire stream, which passes through the commune, is a small tributary of the river Deûle.

PopulationEdit

YearPop.±%
20051,890—    
20061,887−0.2%
20071,903+0.8%
20081,865−2.0%
20091,828−2.0%
20101,791−2.0%
20111,773−1.0%
20121,766−0.4%
20131,773+0.4%
20141,779+0.3%
20151,786+0.4%
20161,784−0.1%
20171,772−0.7%

PoliticsEdit

Presidential Elections Second Round:[1]

Election Winning Candidate Party %
2017 Emmanuel Macron EM 58.26
2012 François Hollande PS 50.51
2007 Nicolas Sarkozy UMP 51.69
2002 Jacques Chirac RPR 77.47

HistoryEdit

At the start of World War I, the Battle of Lorette lasted for 12 months, from October 1914 to October 1915, resulting in high casualties on both sides: 100,000 killed and as many wounded. A French national cemetery was built on 13 hectares nearby and comprises 20,000 graves, laid out irrespective of rank or military training. General Barbot has a private soldier buried next to him, on his right. In eight ossuaries, around the base of the lantern tower, are the remains of 22,970 unidentified soldiers. A portion of the cemetery has been reserved for Muslim soldiers.

In 2014, to mark the centenary of the start of World War I, French President François Hollande and German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen inaugurated a memorial for Armistice Day.[2]

SightsEdit

  • The church of St. Pierre, dating from the twentieth century.
  • The ruins of the fifteenth century church, destroyed in World War I.
  • The war museum.

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