Coordinates: 45°37′59″N 5°06′40″E / 45.6331°N 5.1111°E / 45.6331; 5.1111
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Saint-Quentin Fallavier
The town hall of Saint-Quentin Fallavier
The town hall of Saint-Quentin Fallavier
Coat of arms of Saint-Quentin Fallavier
Location of Saint-Quentin Fallavier
Saint-Quentin Fallavier is located in France
Saint-Quentin Fallavier
Saint-Quentin Fallavier
Saint-Quentin Fallavier is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Saint-Quentin Fallavier
Saint-Quentin Fallavier
Coordinates: 45°37′59″N 5°06′40″E / 45.6331°N 5.1111°E / 45.6331; 5.1111
ArrondissementLa Tour-du-Pin
CantonLa Verpillière
IntercommunalityCA Porte de l'Isère
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Michel Bacconnier[1]
22.83 km2 (8.81 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2020)[2]
 • Density270/km2 (690/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
38449 /38070
Elevation206–364 m (676–1,194 ft)
(avg. 234 m or 768 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Saint-Quentin-Fallavier is a commune in the Isère department, and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, in southeastern France.[3]


Saint-Quentin Fallavier is located in Isère, at the boundary of the department of Rhône, along the A43 of Lyon-Grenoble-Chambéry, respectively at 24 kilometres (15 mi) from Lyon and, 80 kilometres (50 mi) from Grenoble. The city is backed by a series of hills, the beginnings of the Prealps. Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) away. Saint-Quentin Fallavier was part of the new town of L'Isle d'Abeau transformed in 2007 into the Communauté d'agglomération Porte de l'Isère (CAPI).

The Bourbre river flows north through the northeastern part of the commune.


The fortified house of Allinges and, in the background left, the spire of the church of Saint-Quentin Fallavier

The site of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier has been occupied since prehistoric times. A Gallo-Roman necropolis and a hydraulic structure of the 2nd century were discovered on the spot. A first château already existed in the 13th century and, after acquiring it in 1250, the counts of Savoy enlarged and strengthened it. At the end of the border conflict between Savoy and Dauphiné, the castle was gradually abandoned in favour of the fortified house of Allinges.

Iron mines were exploited in the 19th century.

By a presidential decree of 2 July 1885, Fallavier was attached to Saint-Quentin to form a single commune: Saint-Quentin-Fallavier.

The creation of the new Lyon-Satolas Airport (now Lyon-Saint-Exupéry), and the birth of the new city, have allowed the creation of a sizeable European zone of activity, which is partly in the commune. The existence of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier is also favoured by the proximity of the Lyon conurbation.

2015 Gas factory attack[edit]

On 26 June 2015, a man was found beheaded with Arabic inscriptions on the head. This was following an explosion at the Air Product gas factory in the area, after a man drove into the factory site and exploded gas canisters, in an attempt to blow up the building. It is seen as a terrorist attack linked with Islamic State.[4][5]


Arms of Saint-Quentin Fallavier
Arms of Saint-Quentin Fallavier
The arms of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier are blazoned :
Five points of Or equipoles to four of azure, the chief point charged of twelve ordered ring stars, that of the flank dexter a Fleur-de-lis and of the flank sinister a dolphin, at the Tour de Fallavier on a mount issuing from base, brochant on the tip and partly on the cantons of tip and the heart, all also of Or, those minor nails argent in Saltire stitched over all.

Politics and administration[edit]

Political trends and results[edit]

List of mayors[edit]

In 2010, the commune of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier was awarded with the label "Ville Internet [fr] @@@".[6]

List of mayors since the Liberation
Start End Name Party Other details
1944 1944 François Girard
1945 1945 Antonin Sage
1946 March 1971 Sylvain Bacconnier
March 1971 March 1977 Marcel Ribail
March 1977 In progress Michel Bacconnier PCF then DVG[citation needed]


The commune is served by:

Passage through Saint-Quentin-Fallavier by a rail bypass of the Lyon agglomeration (CFAL [fr]) is still under consideration.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
YearPop.±% p.a.
From 1962 to 1999: Population without double counting; for the years following: municipal population.
Source: Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1999[7] then INSEE[8]

Local culture and heritage[edit]

Places and monuments[edit]

The château de Fallavier

The Natural Space of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, a protected and classified area, encompasses:

Natural heritage[edit]

Stone with cupules of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier

Cultural heritage[edit]

  • Museum of rural life

Floral and green spaces[edit]

In 2014, the commune of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier has the label ville fleurie [floral city] with '1 flower' awarded by the National Council of cities and villages of France in the Floral contest of cities and villages.[13]


The commune has six schools and one college:

  • Marronniers kindergarten, Rue des Marronniers
  • Marronniers primary school, Rue des Marronniers
  • Tilleuls primary school, Rue du Lac
  • Bellevue kindergarten, Rue du Loup
  • Primary school in Des Moines, in the Des Moines quarter
  • Françoise Dolto primary school (private), Rue Centrale
  • Allinges college, Rue du Lac, offering a bilingual option: English/German.


The industrial estate counts 283 businesses with a total of 11,200 employees. The main employer is the logistics sector; other sectors include mainly construction and other service activities.



The Thermador plumbing company, created after 1968, employs 257 staff and has a turnover of €194 million. The wage grid lies in the range of 1 to 10 and all salaries are open and discussed publicly.[14]

Martinet SA company has located its headquarters in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier.

Service activities[edit]

Saint-Quentin-Fallavier has an industrial and logistics platform which is considered of international importance and which continues to grow, with traffic estimated at 5,000 HGVs per day and 1,500,000 square metres (16,000,000 sq ft) of warehouses in early 2007. Logistics activity benefits from the presence of the A43 interchange, proximity to Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport, and the Lyon-Grenoble Line [fr] of the SNCF. Branch lines are numerous, and a future extension to Italy and especially Turin is still relevant (Lyon-Turin Line).

The RueDuCommerce [fr] company has located its customer service returns depot in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier.

International relations[edit]

The commune is twinned with:

Personalities linked to the commune[edit]

French football player Jérémie Bréchet was trained at the OSQ football of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier.

The historian Pierre Arnaud [fr] did his primary studies at Saint-Quentin-Fallavier.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires"., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2020". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2022.
  3. ^ INSEE commune file
  4. ^ "Beheading And Blast In France Terror Attack". Sky News. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Attentat en Isère : suivez la situation en direct" [Attack in Isère: follow the situation live]. (in French). Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Villes Internet Palmarès 2010" [Internet Cities Awards 2010] (PDF) (in French). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 February 2011.
  7. ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, EHESS (in French).
  8. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  9. ^ Sirot, 2007, p.11
  10. ^ Base Mérimée: PA38000030, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)
  11. ^ Base Mérimée: PA00117272, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)
  12. ^ "Site du Relong" [Site of the Relong]. Isere Patrimoine (in French). Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Les villes et villages fleuris" [Floral Cities and villages] (in French). Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Chez Thermador, tous les salaires sont publics" [At Thermador, all salaries are public]. Capital (in French). 26 November 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  15. ^ a b "Annuaire des Villes Jumelées > Pays : _ > Région : RHONE-ALPES > Département : ISERE > Collectivité : ST QUENTIN FALLAVIER]". AFCCRE. Retrieved 26 June 2015.


  • Sirot, Élisabeth (2007). Noble et forte maison - L'habitat seigneurial dans les campagnes médiévales du milieu du XIIe au début du XVIe [Noble and fortified house - Seigneurial habitat in the medieval countryside from the middle of the 12th century to the beginning of the 16th century] (in French). Editions Picard. ISBN 9782708407701.

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