Joué-lès-Tours

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This article is about the commune. For the football club, see Joué-lès-Tours FCT.
Joué-lès-Tours
Kirche1 JlT 2006.jpg
Coat of arms of Joué-lès-Tours
Coat of arms
Joué-lès-Tours is located in France
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
Country France
Region Centre
Department Indre-et-Loire
Arrondissement Tours
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Philippe Le Breton (PS)
Area
 • Land1 33.41 km2 (12.90 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 36,000
 • Population2 density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 37122 / 37300
Elevation 44–96 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.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

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

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

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 1,515 —    
1800 1,777 +17.3%
1806 1,671 −6.0%
1821 1,700 +1.7%
1831 1,776 +4.5%
1836 1,769 −0.4%
1841 1,791 +1.2%
1846 1,780 −0.6%
1851 1,802 +1.2%
1856 1,845 +2.4%
1861 2,010 +8.9%
1866 2,043 +1.6%
1872 2,106 +3.1%
1876 2,302 +9.3%
1881 2,381 +3.4%
1886 2,470 +3.7%
1891 2,538 +2.8%
1896 2,462 −3.0%
1901 2,466 +0.2%
1906 2,595 +5.2%
1911 2,730 +5.2%
1921 3,143 +15.1%
1926 3,440 +9.4%
1931 4,163 +21.0%
1936 4,704 +13.0%
1946 5,684 +20.8%
1954 6,446 +13.4%
1962 9,074 +40.8%
1968 17,826 +96.5%
1975 27,450 +54.0%
1982 34,704 +26.4%
1990 36,798 +6.0%
1999 36,517 −0.8%
2006 36,233 −0.8%
2009 36,000 −0.6%

Toponymy[edit]

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".

Controversy[edit]

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".

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