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Coat of arms of Fréthun
Coat of arms
Fréthun is located in France
Coordinates: 50°55′03″N 1°49′33″E / 50.9175°N 1.8258°E / 50.9175; 1.8258Coordinates: 50°55′03″N 1°49′33″E / 50.9175°N 1.8258°E / 50.9175; 1.8258
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Calais
Canton Calais-1
Intercommunality Sud-Ouest du Calaisis
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Catherine Fournier
Area1 7.92 km2 (3.06 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 1,091
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 62360 /62185
Elevation 0–60 m (0–197 ft)
(avg. 11 m or 36 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.

Fréthun (Francization of Free Town) is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France.


A village located 3 miles (5 km) southwest of Calais, at the junction of the D215 and D246 roads. It is home to the Calais-Fréthun railway station and the Eurotunnel terminal, linking France with England.

Calais-Fréthun is notoriously disliked among travellers due to its ambiguous name often giving rise to the false impression of being in Calais.


The inhabitants are called Fréthunois.

Historical population of Fréthun
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999
Population 858 864 762 1094 1169 1091
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places of interest[edit]

  • The church of St. Michel, dating from the nineteenth century.

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