L'Union

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L'Union
L'Union - Nouvelle Mairie.jpg
Coat of arms of L'Union
Coat of arms
L'Union is located in France
L'Union
L'Union
Coordinates: 43°39′27″N 1°29′07″E / 43.6575°N 1.4853°E / 43.6575; 1.4853Coordinates: 43°39′27″N 1°29′07″E / 43.6575°N 1.4853°E / 43.6575; 1.4853
Country France
Region Midi-Pyrénées
Department Haute-Garonne
Arrondissement Toulouse
Canton Toulouse-15
Intercommunality Grand Toulouse
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Georges Beyney
Area1 6.77 km2 (2.61 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 12,194
 • Density 1,800/km2 (4,700/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 31561 / 31240
Elevation 132–196 m (433–643 ft)
(avg. 146 m or 479 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.

L'Union is a commune in the Haute-Garonne department in southwestern France.

It is a suburb of Toulouse, located just to the north east of the city.

History[edit]

L'Union was founded in the 1790s after the fusion of Belbèze and Cornaudric. After leaving Spain, Napoleon's troops, under the command of Field Marshal and Marshal of the Empire Soult, battled with at the commune troops under the command of the Duke of Wellington. The name Saint-Jean-de-l'Union is still spoken of, recalling the time when the communes of Saint-Jean et L'Union were unified.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,468 —    
1968 4,601 +213.4%
1975 7,817 +69.9%
1982 10,461 +33.8%
1990 11,751 +12.3%
1999 12,141 +3.3%
2008 12,194 +0.4%

Education[edit]

L'Union has three nursury and primary schools (Belbèze-lès-Toulouse, Borde d'Olivier and Montizalguier), and one high school (Le collège Georges Chaumeton, named after the former mayor).

Sights[edit]

L'Union features an olive tree celebrating the new millennium,[1] at the Town Hall. The Grand Hall of L'Union regularly welcomes artists. Its church features architecture of the nineteenth century.

Sport[edit]

L'Union has a sport club, established in 1957, called the ASU, with more than 5000 members and 300 organisers, and 26 different sports such as yoga, football, handball, rugby and tennis. The main park of L'Union is Parc de Malpagat, on the D888 road.

Sights[edit]

Transport[edit]

The D888 (Route d'Albi) road runs through the town in a south-west direction towards Toulouse and north-east to Albi, roughly 75 kilometres away. The A68 motorway (Toulouse-Albi) and the Périphérique bypass the south of L'Union, served by Junctions 1 and 14 respectively.

In a clockwise order, L'Union is bordered by Toulouse, Launaguet, Saint-Geniès-Bellevue, Saint-Jean, Montrabé and Balma.

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