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Denain is located in France
Coordinates: 50°19′46″N 3°23′45″E / 50.3294°N 3.3958°E / 50.3294; 3.3958Coordinates: 50°19′46″N 3°23′45″E / 50.3294°N 3.3958°E / 50.3294; 3.3958
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Nord
Arrondissement Valenciennes
Canton Denain
Intercommunality Porte du Hainaut
Area1 11.52 km2 (4.45 sq mi)
Population (2007)2 20,100
 • Density 1,700/km2 (4,500/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 59172 / 59220
Elevation 26–115 m (85–377 ft)
(avg. 33 m or 108 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.

Denain is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. In 1999 Denain had a population of 20,360, on a land area of 11.52 km² (4.448 sq mi).

It is the largest of 39 communes which comprise the association of communes of Porte du Hainaut, which in 1999 had a total population of 147,989.


A mere village in the beginning of the 19th century, it rapidly increased from 1850 onwards, and, according to the census of 1906, possessed 22,845 inhabitants,[1] more than its 1999 population.

Its vicinity was the scene of the decisive victory gained in 1712 by Marshal Villars over the allies commanded by Prince Eugene of Savoy; and the battlefield is marked by a monolithic monument inscribed with the verses of Voltaire: "Regardez dans Denain l'audacieux Villars/Disputant le tonnerre à l'aigle des Césars."[1] ("See in Denain bold Villars/Fighting the eagle of the Caesars").

Former mayor Patrick Roy was also a deputy and became famous for the support to the heavy-metal music he expressed at the National Assembly on various occasions.


Arms of Denain
The arms of Denain are blazoned :

Or, a cross engrailed gules. (Artres, Bettrechies, Cerfontaine, Denain, Eth, Lesquin, Obies, Quérénaing, Semousies, Wambrechies and Warlaing use the same arms.)

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  1. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Denain". Encyclopædia Britannica 8 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 17. 

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