Sochaux

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For the football club, see FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.
Sochaux
Coat of arms of Sochaux
Coat of arms
Sochaux is located in France
Sochaux
Sochaux
Coordinates: 47°31′N 6°50′E / 47.52°N 6.83°E / 47.52; 6.83Coordinates: 47°31′N 6°50′E / 47.52°N 6.83°E / 47.52; 6.83
Country France
Region Franche-Comté
Department Doubs
Arrondissement Montbéliard
Canton Sochaux-Grand-Charmont
Intercommunality Pays de Montbéliard
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Albert Matocq-Grabot
Area
 • Land1 2.17 km2 (0.84 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 4,212
 • Population2 density 1,900/km2 (5,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 25547 / 25600
Elevation 317–398 m (1,040–1,306 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.

Sochaux is a commune in the Doubs department in the Franche-Comté region in eastern France.

Geography[edit]

Sochaux lies 3 km (1.9 mi) east of Montbéliard, and 484 km (301 mi) southeast of Paris.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1962 4,675 —    
1968 6,116 +30.8%
1975 6,344 +3.7%
1982 5,254 −17.2%
1990 4,419 −15.9%
1999 4,491 +1.6%
2008 4,212 −6.2%

Inhabitants are known as Sochaliens.

Economy[edit]

Sochaux is the site of a large industrial facility of the French auto manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroën. As of late 2005, about 16,000 people are employed there. The town also contains the Peugeot automobile museum. Peugeot's badge, the lion rampant, is derived from the town's coat-of-arms.

Sport[edit]

The FC Sochaux-Montbéliard football club is located in the town, and currently plays in Ligue 1. On May 13, 2007, FCSM defeated the OM (l'Olympique de Marseille) to win the Coupe de France for the first time since 1937.

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