A farming and light industrial town located 12 miles (19 km) east of Arras on the N50 road, at the junction with the D44 and D307, by the banks of the Scarpe river. A celebration of the potato takes place annually on the 1st Sunday in September.
Evidence of occupation from Merovingian times has been unearthed.
In 2008, during the creation of the 60 hectare Bèliers industrial zone, three important archaeological sites, once occupied by Gauls and Celts was discovered. Finds include the residue of ironsmelting, glass beads, pottery and bones of both animals and humans.