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A general view of Firminy
A general view of Firminy
Coat of arms of Firminy
Coat of arms
Firminy is located in France
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Firminy is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°23′20″N 4°17′16″E / 45.3889°N 4.2878°E / 45.3889; 4.2878Coordinates: 45°23′20″N 4°17′16″E / 45.3889°N 4.2878°E / 45.3889; 4.2878
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Loire
Arrondissement Saint-Étienne
Canton Firminy
Intercommunality Saint-Étienne Métropole
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Marc Petit
Area1 10.45 km2 (4.03 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 19,297
 • Density 1,800/km2 (4,800/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 42095 /42700
Elevation 446–800 m (1,463–2,625 ft)
(avg. 468 m or 1,535 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.

Firminy is a commune in the Loire department in central France.

It lies on the Ondaine River 8 mi. S.W. of Saint-Étienne by rail.


The ancient name of the town was Firminiaco or Firminiacus (lit. "place of Firmin"). The name was first recorded in a 971 charter by the King of Burgundy.

Firminy had historically important coalmines known since the 14th century and extensive manufactures of iron, steel, and aluminum goods, including railway material, machinery and cannon. Fancy woolen hosiery was also manufactured.


Two historic churches from the 12th and 16th centuries are located here. The architect Le Corbusier designed a group of modern buildings, called "Firminy Vert", which includes the Saint-Pierre Church, a stadium, a cultural center, and an Unité d'Habitation.

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