Castèlnòu de Les (Occitan)
|Canton||Montpellier - Castelnau-le-Lez|
|Intercommunality||Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole|
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Frédéric Lafforgue|
|11.18 km2 (4.32 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,000/km2 (5,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||19–93 m (62–305 ft) |
(avg. 60 m or 200 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Castelnau-le-Lez (French pronunciation: [kastɛlno lə lɛz] (listen); Occitan: Castèlnòu de Les) is a commune in the Hérault department in the Occitanie region of Southern France. Located on the outskirts of Montpellier, it is situated around 3 km (1.8 mi) north of the city centre. In 2017, it had a population of 20,480.
Castelnau-le-Lez is served by Line 2 of the Montpellier tramway.
|Source: EHESS and INSEE (1968-2017)|
Hundreds of Jewish children were hidden in the town of Castelnau-le-Lez during the Holocaust. In almost every home, the farmers were hiding children, sometimes from multiple families. After the war, the children were returned to their parents (in the cases where the parents survived the war). The people of the town and the local priest were well aware of the situation, and at least tacitly, supported it.
Castelnau-le-Lez is twinned with:
- "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
- Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Castelnau-le-Lez, EHESS. (in French)
- Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE