Firminy

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Firminy
Firminy.jpg
Coat of arms of Firminy
Coat of arms
Firminy is located in France
Firminy
Firminy
Coordinates: 45°23′20″N 4°17′16″E / 45.3889°N 4.2878°E / 45.3889; 4.2878Coordinates: 45°23′20″N 4°17′16″E / 45.3889°N 4.2878°E / 45.3889; 4.2878
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Loire
Arrondissement Saint-Étienne
Canton Firminy
Intercommunality Saint-Étienne Métropole
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Marc Petit
Area
 • Land1 10.45 km2 (4.03 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Population2 19,297
 • Population2 density 1,800/km2 (4,800/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 42095 / 42700
Elevation 446–800 m (1,463–2,625 ft)
(avg. 468 m or 1,535 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.

Firminy (Firminiaco: "place of Firmin") is a commune in the Loire department in central France.

It lies on the Ondaine River 8 mi. S.W. of Saint-Étienne by rail.

History[edit]

The name was first recorded in a 971 charter by the King of Burgundy.

Sights[edit]

Two historic churches from the 12th and 16th centuries are located here. The architect Le Corbusier designed a group of modern buildings, called "Firminy Vert", which includes a church Saint-Pierre, Firminy, cultural center, and an Unité d'Habitation.

Economy[edit]

It has important coalmines known since the 14th century and extensive manufactures of iron, steel, and aluminum goods, including railway material, machinery and cannon. Fancy woolen hosiery is also manufactured.

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