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The town hall
The town hall
Coat of arms of Armentières
Coat of arms
Armentières is located in France
Coordinates: 50°41′17″N 2°52′52″E / 50.6881°N 2.8811°E / 50.6881; 2.8811Coordinates: 50°41′17″N 2°52′52″E / 50.6881°N 2.8811°E / 50.6881; 2.8811
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Nord
Arrondissement Lille
Canton Armentières
Intercommunality Lille Métropole
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Bernard Haesebroeck
Area1 6.28 km2 (2.42 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 25,089
 • Density 4,000/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 59017 / 59280

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.

Armentières (IPA: [aʁmɑ̃tjɛːʁ]; Dutch: Armentiers) is a commune in the Nord department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in northern France. It is part of the Urban Community of Lille Métropole.

The motto of the town is Pauvre mais fière (Poor but proud).


Armentières lies on the Belgian border, northwest of the city of Lille, on the right bank of the river Lys.


Armentières in 1649

In 1668, the town became French like the rest of French Flanders. At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, Armentières acquired fame, being the “City of the Fabric”. The industrial weaving, spinning and brewing grew in Armentières, benefitting from the presence of water.

Armentières particularly suffered at the time of the World Wars. However, the town did receive two Military Crosses (one for World War I and the second for the Second World War) and the Legion of Honor. In Armentières and in the neighbourhoods, the military cemeteries are places of remembrance for the casualties of the World Wars. "Mademoiselle from Armentières" was a popular song among Allied soldiers in World War I.

During World War I, in October 1914 the town was the site of the Battle of Armentières. In April 1918, German forces shelled Armentières with mustard gas. British troops were forced to evacuate the area but German troops could not enter the commune for two weeks because of the heavy contamination. Witnesses to the bombardment stated that the shelling was so heavy that liquid mustard ran in the streets.[1][2]



Arms of Armentières
The arms of Armentières are blazoned :
Argent a fleur de lys gules and on a chief of the same a sun or and a decrescent of the same.


Armentières has a railway station on the line from Lille to Calais and Dunkirk.

Armentières station

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Armentières is twinned with:

Famous people from Armentières[edit]

In fiction[edit]

Milady de Winter in The Three Musketeers hides in Armentières and is caught and executed there.

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