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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
Market place and belfry of Bailleul
Coat of arms of Bailleul
Coat of arms
Location of Bailleul
Bailleul is located in France
Bailleul
Bailleul
Bailleul is located in Hauts-de-France
Bailleul
Bailleul
Coordinates: 50°44′21″N 2°44′00″E / 50.7392°N 2.7333°E / 50.7392; 2.7333Coordinates: 50°44′21″N 2°44′00″E / 50.7392°N 2.7333°E / 50.7392; 2.7333
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.
Location of Bailleul in the arrondissement of Dunkirk

PopulationEdit

PoliticsEdit

Presidential Elections 2nd RoundEdit

Election Winning Candidate Party %
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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HeraldryEdit

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



MediaEdit

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.

CarnivalEdit

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 interestEdit

RailwaysEdit

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

International relationsEdit

Bailleul is twinned with:

PersonalitiesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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.