Bailleul, Nord

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Bailleul
Belle
Market place and belfry of Bailleul
Market place and belfry of Bailleul
Coat of arms of Bailleul
Coat of arms
Bailleul is located in 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
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Nord
Arrondissement Dunkerque
Canton Bailleul-Nord-Est and Bailleul-Sud-Ouest
Intercommunality Monts de Flandres - Plaine de la Lys
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Giloen
Area
 • Land1 43.42 km2 (16.76 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 13,989
 • Population2 density 320/km2 (830/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 59043 / 59270
Elevation 14–86 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.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Location of Bailleul in the arrondissement of Dunkirk

Bailleul (Belle in Dutch) is a commune in the Nord department in northern France.

It is located in French Flanders near Lille.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 11,576 —    
1800 8,944 −22.7%
1806 9,222 +3.1%
1821 9,475 +2.7%
1831 9,823 +3.7%
1836 9,911 +0.9%
1841 9,923 +0.1%
1846 10,141 +2.2%
1851 10,078 −0.6%
1856 10,108 +0.3%
1861 10,102 −0.1%
1866 12,896 +27.7%
1872 12,828 −0.5%
1876 12,968 +1.1%
1881 12,712 −2.0%
1886 13,335 +4.9%
1891 13,276 −0.4%
1896 13,449 +1.3%
1901 13,530 +0.6%
1906 13,573 +0.3%
1911 13,251 −2.4%
1921 6,651 −49.8%
1926 8,545 +28.5%
1931 9,691 +13.4%
1936 10,928 +12.8%
1946 11,352 +3.9%
1954 11,964 +5.4%
1962 12,583 +5.2%
1968 13,077 +3.9%
1975 13,474 +3.0%
1982 13,400 −0.5%
1990 13,847 +3.3%
1999 14,136 +2.1%
2006 13,616 −3.7%
2009 13,989 +2.7%

Heraldry[edit]

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



Media[edit]

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.

Carnival[edit]

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 interest[edit]

Railways[edit]

Template:Calais-Lille Flandres
Calais Ville
Les Fontinettes
Pont-D'Ardres
Nortkerque
Ruminghem
Watten-Éperlecques
Saint-Omer
Hazebrouck / Hazebroek
Strazeele
Bailleul / Belle
Steenwerck
Nieppe
Armentières
Perenchies
Gare de Saint Andre
La Madeleine
Gare de Lille Flandres

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Bailleul is twinned with:

Personalities[edit]

See also[edit]

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