Fourmies, Nord

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Streets of the French community Fourmies.jpg
Coat of arms of Fourmies
Coat of arms
Fourmies is located in France
Location within Hauts-de-France region
Fourmies is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 50°01′05″N 4°03′14″E / 50.0181°N 4.0539°E / 50.0181; 4.0539Coordinates: 50°01′05″N 4°03′14″E / 50.0181°N 4.0539°E / 50.0181; 4.0539
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Nord
Arrondissement Avesnes-sur-Helpe
Canton Fourmies
Intercommunality Action Fourmies et environs
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Mickael Hiraux
Area1 22.98 km2 (8.87 sq mi)
Population (2013)2 12,581
 • Density 550/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 59249 /59610
Elevation 174–247 m (571–810 ft)
(avg. 202 m or 663 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.

Fourmies is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. The inhabitants are called Fourmisiens.


Fourmies is situated in the Euroregion of Thiérache, a region of Northern France and Southern Belgium. It is 50 km (31 mi) from Valenciennes, 100 km (62 mi) from Lille, and 175 km (109 mi) from Paris. The city is surrounded by forests and ponds.


On May 1, 1891, the Fusillade de Fourmies occurred. It was the first French and international celebration of International Workers' Day on May Day. In Fourmies, troops shot at peaceful strikers: nine died, including eight demonstrators under 21 years old, among whom a young worker who will remain a symbol, Marie Blondeau. Thirty-five strikers were also wounded.[1]

The shooting of the 1st of May in Fourmies evoked strong emotions throughout France. It is regarded today as one of the founding events of the French Section of the Workers' International. Jean Jaurès visited Fourmies afterwards to make a speech there while Georges Clemenceau declared in front of the French Parliament that "it is the Fourth state which rose".


Arms of Fourmies
The arms of Fourmies are blazoned :
Gules, 3 fesses argent (Croÿ) dimidiated with Bendy Or and gules (Avesnes)


  • Every year, since 1928, the city hosts the Grand Prix de Fourmies, a professional cycle race.
  • The music festival (fête de la musique)
  • The traditional fun fair (traditionnelle fête foraine) attracts many people each summer.

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  1. ^ "The May Day Labour Demonstration". Guardian (UK). 6 May 1891. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Locations".