Nord (French pronunciation: [nɔʁ] (listen); officially French: département du Nord; Picard: départémint dech Nord; Dutch: Noorderdepartement, lit. 'Northern Department'), is a department in Hauts-de-France region, France bordering Belgium. It was created from the western halves of the historical counties of Flanders and Hainaut, and the Bishopric of Cambrai. The modern coat of arms was inherited from the County of Flanders.
|• President of the Departmental Council||Christian Poiret|
|• Total||5,742.74 km2 (2,217.28 sq mi)|
|• Density||450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2|
Nord is the country's most populous department. It also contains the metropolitan region of Lille (the main city and the prefecture of the department), the fourth-largest urban area in France after Paris, Lyon and Marseille. Within the department is located the part of France where the French Flemish dialect of Dutch has historically been spoken as a native language. Similarly, the distinct French Picard dialect Ch'ti is spoken there.
During the 4th and 5th Centuries, Roman rulers of Gallia Belgica secured the route from the major port of Bononia (Boulogne) to Colonia (Cologne), by co-opting Germanic peoples north-east of this corridor, such as the Tungri. In effect, the area known later as Nord became an isogloss (linguistic border) between the Germanic and Romance languages. Saxon colonisation of the region from the 5th to the 8th centuries likely shifted the isogloss further south so that, by the 9th century, most people immediately north of Lille spoke a dialect of Old Dutch. This has remained evident in the place names of the region. After the County of Flanders became part of France in the 9th century, the isogloss moved north and east.
During the 14th century, much of the area came under the control of the Duchy of Burgundy and in subsequent centuries was therefore part of the Habsburg Netherlands (from 1482) and the Spanish Netherlands (1581).
On 4 March 1790, during the French Revolution, Nord became one of the original 83 departments created to replace the counties.
Modern government policies making French the only official language have led to a decline in use of the Dutch West Flemish dialect. There are currently 20,000 speakers of a sub-dialect of West Flemish in the arrondissement of Dunkirk and it appears likely that this particular sub-dialect will be extinct within decades.
Nord is part of the current Hauts-de-France region and is surrounded by the French departments of Pas-de-Calais, Somme, and Aisne, as well as by Belgium and the North Sea. Its area is 5,742.8 km2 (2,217.3 sq mi). It is the longest department in France, measuring 184 km from Fort-Philippe in the north-west to Anor in the south-east.
Situated in the north of the country along the western half of the Belgian frontier, the department is unusually long and narrow. Its principal city is Lille, which with nearby Roubaix, Tourcoing and Villeneuve d'Ascq constitutes the center of a cluster of industrial and former mining towns totalling slightly over a million inhabitants. Other important cities are Valenciennes, Douai, Maubeuge and Dunkirk. The principal rivers are the following: Yser, Lys, Escaut, Scarpe, Sambre.
|source:SPLAF and INSEE|
|Union of the Right (UD)||30|
|Union of the Left (UG)||18|
|Miscellaneous right (DVD)||10|
|Union of the Centre and the Right (UCD)||8|
|French Communist Party (PCF)||4|
|Miscellaneous left (DVG)||4|
|Union of the Left and Ecologists (UGE)||4|
|Miscellaneous centre (DVC)||2|
|Europe Ecology – The Greens (EELV)||2|
Presidential elections second roundEdit
|Election||Winning Candidate||Party||%||2nd Place Candidate||Party||%|
|2022||Emmanuel Macron||LREM||52.85||Marine Le Pen||RN||47.15|
|2017||Emmanuel Macron||LREM||56.90||Marine Le Pen||FN||43.10|
|2012||François Hollande||PS||52.88||Nicolas Sarkozy||UMP||47.12|
|2007||Nicolas Sarkozy||UMP||51.75||Ségolène Royal||PS||48.25|
|2002||Jacques Chirac||RPR||78.28||Jean-Marie Le Pen||FN||21.72|
|1995||Lionel Jospin||PS||53.70||Jacques Chirac||RPR||46.30|
Current National Assembly RepresentativesEdit
At the forefront of France's 19th century industrialisation, the area suffered severely during World War I and now faces the economic, social and environmental problems associated with the decline of coal mining with its neighbours following the earlier decline of the Lille-Roubaix textile industry.
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