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|Canton||Forbach and Stiring-Wendel|
|Intercommunality||Forbach Porte de France|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Laurent Kalinowski|
|• Land1||16.32 km2 (6.30 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||1,400/km2 (3,600/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||57227 / 57600|
|Elevation||192–388 m (630–1,273 ft)
(avg. 222 m or 728 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.
It is located near the German border. Population (1999): 22,784.
When travelling by train between Germany and France, the station in Forbach is where customs procedures were performed until the Schengen Treaty, and trains change from right-hand running (Germany) to left-hand running (France). Since 2007, the high speed train connecting Paris and Frankfurt has stopped in Forbach, allowing the French capital to be reached in 1 hour 45 minutes and the German finance and Rhine-Main metropolis in 2 hours.
Notable people from Forbach
- Sophie Huber (born 1985), freestyle swimmer
- Khalil Bacha, Doctor and inventor. Originally from Douma Lebanon.
- Patricia Kaas, singer from Stiring-Wendel (near Forbach)
- Jean-Nicolas Houchard (1740–1793), general, whose name appears on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
- Eugene Jolas (1894-1952), journalist, poet and translator, best known for founding the modernist journal transition (which published, notably, James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake").
- Nicolas Appert (1749–1841) inventor
- Christian von Zweibrücken (1782–1859), general
- Helmut Fritz (born 1975), singer
- Angelo Antonio Toriello (born 1962), activist, investigative journalist and diplomat currently serving as ambassador at-large of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tomé and Principe
- Town council website (French)
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