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Location of the commune (in red) within Guadeloupe
|Overseas region and department||Guadeloupe|
|Canton||Les Abymes 1 through 5|
|• Mayor||Daniel Marsin|
|• Land1||81.25 km2 (31.37 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||740/km2 (1,900/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||97101 / 97139 and 97142|
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.
Les Abymes (French pronunciation: [lɛz‿a.bim]) is the most populated commune in the French overseas region and department of Guadeloupe, in the Lesser Antilles. It is located on the west side of the island of Grande-Terre, and is part of the metropolitan area of Pointe-à-Pitre, the largest urban area in Guadeloupe.
Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport is located in Les Abymes. The airline Air Caraïbes has its headquarters in Les Abymes. When Air Guadeloupe existed, its head office was on the airport property in Les Abymes, and later in the Immeuble Le Caducet.
Some settlements are depending of the commune of Les Abymes, such as:
- Nathalie Dechy, former top tennis player
- Pascal Chimbonda, professional football player
- Miguel Comminges, professional football player
- Livio Nabab, professional football player
- Karla Homolka aka Emily/Leanne Bordelais, convicted serial killer
- Mickaël Piétrus - NBA player, 11th pick in the 2003 NBA Draft to the Golden State Warriors. He is currently playing for the Toronto Raptors.
- Florent Pietrus, professional basketball player. He is the older brother of Mickael Pietrus.
- Teddy Riner, judoka.
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