Le Creusot

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Le Creusot
Steel factory
Steel factory
Coat of arms of Le Creusot
Coat of arms
Location of Le Creusot
Le Creusot is located in France
Le Creusot
Le Creusot
Le Creusot is located in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Le Creusot
Le Creusot
Coordinates: 46°48′05″N 4°26′28″E / 46.8014°N 4.4411°E / 46.8014; 4.4411Coordinates: 46°48′05″N 4°26′28″E / 46.8014°N 4.4411°E / 46.8014; 4.4411
CountryFrance
RegionBourgogne-Franche-Comté
DepartmentSaône-et-Loire
ArrondissementAutun
CantonLe Creusot-1 and 2
IntercommunalityCU Creusot Montceau
Government
 • Mayor (2016–2020) David Marti
Area
1
18.11 km2 (6.99 sq mi)
Population
(2013)2
22,308
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
71153 /71200
Elevation316–516 m (1,037–1,693 ft)
(avg. 347 m or 1,138 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.

Le Creusot (pronounced [lə kʁøzo]) is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne in eastern France.

The inhabitants are known as Creusotins. Formerly a mining town, its economy is now dominated by metallurgical companies such as ArcelorMittal, Schneider Electric, and Alstom.

Since the 1990s, the town has been developing its tourism credentials. Its main attraction is the Parc des Combes. The Creusot steam hammer is exposed as a tourist attraction in a square at the entrance to the town from the south.

Le Creusot is also the second educational centre of the Bourgogne (after Dijon), with its IUT and the Condorcet university centre.

History[edit]

In 1836, iron ore mines and forges around Le Creusot were bought by Adolphe Schneider and his brother Eugène Schneider. They developed a business in steel, railways, armaments, and shipbuilding. The Schneider empire developed much of the town itself, until it was much reduced in the second half of the twentieth century. It eventually became known as Schneider Electric. The steel forgings for the French nuclear power plants as well as the special alloys for the TGV trains were manufactured in Le Creusot.

On the 17th October 1942 the Schneider factory was targeted by the RAF in a daylight raid designated Operation Robinson.

Transport[edit]

About 5 km (3.11 mi) south-east of town centre is the Gare du Creusot TGV, a train station on the LGV Sud-Est line, which links the area to Paris, Lyon and beyond with high-speed rail.

Sights[edit]

Le pilon
  • Château de la Verrerie – Originally the Cristallerie royale of Queen Marie-Antoinette

Personalities[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Le Creusot is twinned with:

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