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Joué-lès-Tours (French pronunciation: ​[ʒwelɛtuʁ]) is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France.

Joué-lès-Tours
The church in Joué-lès-Tours
The church in Joué-lès-Tours
Coat of arms of Joué-lès-Tours
Coat of arms
Location of Joué-lès-Tours
Joué-lès-Tours is located in France
Joué-lès-Tours
Joué-lès-Tours
Joué-lès-Tours is located in Centre-Val de Loire
Joué-lès-Tours
Joué-lès-Tours
Coordinates: 47°21′05″N 0°39′45″E / 47.3514°N 0.6625°E / 47.3514; 0.6625Coordinates: 47°21′05″N 0°39′45″E / 47.3514°N 0.6625°E / 47.3514; 0.6625
CountryFrance
RegionCentre-Val de Loire
DepartmentIndre-et-Loire
ArrondissementTours
CantonJoué-lès-Tours
IntercommunalityTours Métropole Val de Loire
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Philippe Le Breton (PS)
Area
1
33.41 km2 (12.90 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
37,974
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
37122 /37300
Elevation44–96 m (144–315 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

It is the largest suburb of the city of Tours, and is adjacent to it on the southwest.

PopulationEdit

YearPop.±%
17931,515—    
18001,777+17.3%
18061,671−6.0%
18211,700+1.7%
18311,776+4.5%
18361,769−0.4%
18411,791+1.2%
18461,780−0.6%
18511,802+1.2%
18561,845+2.4%
18612,010+8.9%
18662,043+1.6%
18722,106+3.1%
18762,302+9.3%
18812,381+3.4%
18862,470+3.7%
18912,538+2.8%
18962,462−3.0%
19012,466+0.2%
19062,595+5.2%
19112,730+5.2%
19213,143+15.1%
19263,440+9.4%
19314,163+21.0%
19364,704+13.0%
19465,684+20.8%
19546,446+13.4%
19629,074+40.8%
196817,826+96.5%
197527,450+54.0%
198234,704+26.4%
199036,798+6.0%
199936,517−0.8%
200636,233−0.8%
200936,000−0.6%

ToponymyEdit

The name of Joué-lès-Tours appears in its form "Gaudiacus" in the 6th Century. It corresponds to a toponymic type frequently found in Christian Gaule, that gave different variants depending on the region: Joué (west of France), Jouy (center and north), Jouey (east), Gouy (Normandy/Picardy), Gaugeac, Jaujac (south). It is composed of the Christian name "Gaudius", meaning "fortunate", "blessed" (gaudia > joy, in Latin) and with the Gallo-Roman suffix -ACU, meaning "place of", "property of".

HistoryEdit

Joué-lès-Tours was the site of the 20 December 2014 Tours police station stabbing.

ControversyEdit

In February 2010 the mayor, Philippe Le Breton, added the word laïcité underneath the French national motto on the town hall's façade. The Muslim community of Joué-lès-Tours felt they were being "caricatured".

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.