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VESOUL is located in France
Coordinates: 47°37′23″N 6°09′21″E / 47.6231°N 06.1558°E / 47.6231; 06.1558Coordinates: 47°37′23″N 6°09′21″E / 47.6231°N 06.1558°E / 47.6231; 06.1558
Country France
Region Franche-Comté
Department Haute-Saône
Arrondissement Vesoul
Canton Canton of Vesoul-Est and Canton of Vesoul-Ouest
Intercommunality Urban community of Vesoul
 • Mayor (2012-2014) Alain Chrétien
Area1 9.07 km2 (3.50 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 19,404
 • Density 2,100/km2 (5,500/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 70550 / 70000
Elevation 213–375 m (699–1,230 ft)
(avg. 220 m or 720 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.

Vesoul is a commune in the Haute-Saône department in the region of Franche-Comté located in eastern France.

Most populated municipality of the department with 15,920 inhabitants in 2009, is the seventh largest city in Franche-Comté. The same year, Urban community of Vesoul which covers 19 municipalities together 34,055 inhabitants while the Urban area of Vesoul which includes 78 municipalities, groups 59,244 inhabitants. Its urban area is the fifth largest Franche-Comté. Its inhabitants are known in French as Vésuliens. Nicknamed the "Nice of the East", the reputation of Vesoul-based primarily on the song "Vesoul" by Jacques Brel and the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema. Its 16,000 inhabitants, account Vesoul 2000 students and 8000 licensed sport. The city has received many labels and names that reflect the investigation brings to life Vesoul common.

Built on top of the hill de la Motte, in the first millennium, the old medieval town of Castrum Vesulium, the city is gradually presented as European commercial and economic center with many traders and exchangers and European Jews. At the end of the Middle Ages, the city experienced a period of strong difficulties as plagues, epidemics, destruction ...

Main urban center of the department, Vesoul is also the capital of the logistics industry with the PSA Vesoul Plant and the seat of several institutions such as the Regional Centre for Restoration of Works of Art.

The town is the capital of the department.

Notable people[edit]


Vesoul is first mentioned in a document dated 899. That document speaks about an elevation with a fortified watchtower. The document speaks about "Castrum Vesulium". Castrum is a fortification, and "Vesulium" has the syllable ves which meant hill or mountain in a language that was spoken before the Celts. Today, there is a castle that forms the centre of the city. The first houses were built inside the walls of the castle. Newcomers who found no place settled outside the city walls, on the flanks of the hill. Growing wine was popular. In 1814, after the fall of the empire, a buffer state was created, with Vesoul as capital. The principality was that of Free County, of the Vosges and of Porrentruy.

Today, one of the main factories of PSA Peugeot Citroën is near Vesoul.


Vesoul vue depuis la Motte.jpg

Vesoul is located in the center of the Haute-Saône and is equidistant from the other cities of the department. It is located at the intersection of highways Road 19 and Road 57, the SNCF Paris-Basel. It is to 48 kilometres (30 mi) of Besançon, 82 kilometres (51 mi) of Epinal, 30 kilometres (19 mi) of Luxeuil-les-Bains, 32 kilometres (20 mi) of Lure, 64 kilometres (40 mi) of Belfort, 59 kilometres (37 mi) of Gray and 105 kilometres (65 mi) of Dijon [1].

The largest city near Vesoul is Besançon. As the crow flies, Vesoul is 315 kilometres (196 mi) of the capital Paris, 485 kilometres (301 mi) of Marseille, 230 kilometres (140 mi) of Lyon, 578 kilometres (359 mi) of Toulouse, 445 kilometres (277 mi) of Nice, 585 kilometres (364 mi) of Nantes, 160 kilometres (99 mi) of Strasbourg, 480 kilometres (300 mi) of Montpellier, 605 kilometres (376 mi) of Bordeaux, and 404 kilometres (251 mi) of Lille, [2] 3.

Culture and heritage[edit]

Monuments to the dead of the war 14-18
Hostel Pétremand
The Jean-Léon Gérôme Collège
Hôpital Paul-Morel

Monuments and tourist attractions[edit]

The Durgeon

Paul Morel Hospital[edit]

Paul Morel Hospital is an ancient hospital.


Lake of Vesoul



The first public library of Vesoul opened in 1771. The abbé (abbot) Bardenet, superior of the Saint-Esprit hospital in Besançon, gave his book collection to the town. There were 1772 books. The collections became a lot larger with the Revolution. At that time, the revolutionaries (people who led the French Revolution) took the books from the monasteries of the town (capucins) and even of the region (Luxeuil and Faverney monasteries). Around 20,000 books were added to the library this way, including some 11th century manuscripts. The Mayor's office was responsible for keeping the books.

In 1981, the municipality decided to build a new building to encourage the public to read. The library was recently equipped with computers. There are around 200 manuscripts and 150 incunables.



Twin towns[edit]

Administrative division[edit]


Jean Jaurès-Petit-Banque area
Anglais Garden Park


  • Rêpes-Pontarcher
  • Grand Montmarin
  • Vesoul Ouest
  • Vesoul Centre Nord-Saint-Ferjeux
  • Grand Grésil
  • Stade
  • Vesoul Centre Sud
  • Jean Jaurès-Petit-Banque

Sectors :

  • Vieux-Vesoul
  • Les Bains
  • Pontarcher
  • Taillevanne
  • Haberges
  • Saint-Martin
  • Grand Miselot
  • Saint-Maur
  • Luxembourg

Commercial areas :

  • Espace de la Motte
  • Pôle Santé de Vesoul
  • Oasis
  • Kennedy
  • Halles de Vesoul
  • Paul-Morel

Industrial areas :

  • Vesoul Technologia
  • PSA
  • Poincaré
  • Les Saussis

Spaces :

  • La Motte
  • Jardin anglais
  • Plateau de Cita
  • Les Rives du Lac
  • Sabot de Frotey



Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1793 5,303 —    
1800 5,417 +0.30%
1806 5,708 +0.88%
1821 5,391 −0.38%
1831 5,408 +0.03%
1836 5,887 +1.71%
1841 6,788 +2.89%
1846 5,941 −2.63%
1851 6,621 +2.19%
1856 7,281 +1.92%
1861 7,579 +0.81%
1866 7,614 +0.09%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1872 7,716 +0.22%
1876 9,206 +4.51%
1881 9,553 +0.74%
1886 9,733 +0.37%
1891 9,770 +0.08%
1896 10,083 +0.63%
1901 9,704 −0.76%
1906 10,163 +0.93%
1911 10,539 +0.73%
1921 10,471 −0.06%
1926 10,859 +0.73%
1931 11,562 +1.26%
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1936 11,926 +0.62%
1946 11,825 −0.09%
1954 12,038 +0.22%
1962 13,678 +1.61%
1968 16,352 +3.02%
1975 18,173 +1.52%
1982 18,412 +0.19%
1990 17,614 −0.55%
1999 17,168 −0.28%
2006 16,370 −0.68%
2007 16,329 −0.25%
Source: INSEE,[1] Ehess[2]


Vesoul is also the name of a song by Jacques Brel from 1968, a fast paced waltz during the recording of which Brel famously yelled «Chauffe, Marcel, chauffe!» ("heat up, Marcel, heat up!") at his accordionist, Marcel Azzola.

The town is also mentioned facetiously in the satirical rap Fous ta cagoule by Michael Youn.[3]



Vesoul has schools of higher education. The city has 1,200 students divided between an IUT, an IUFM, an Institute of Nursing Training, a School of Management and Commerce and BTS.
A Council of Student Life (CVE), led by the Officer in charge of Higher Education, was established in 2011. It offers activities to stimulate student life. In all, Vesoul has 10,000 students.

All schools and studies in Vesoul


  • Kindergarten Small
  • Kindergarten Saint Exupery
  • Kindergarten Montmarin II
  • Kindergarten Bank
  • Kindergarten Jean Morel
  • Kindergarten the Grand Sleet
  • Kindergarten Stadium
  • Kindergarten Lafayette

Primary School

  • Elementary School South ERfKE
  • Elementary School Pablo Picasso-
  • Boulevard Elementary School
  • Elementary school-Henri Matisse
  • Elementary School Stadium
  • Elementary School of Luxembourg
  • Elementary School of Marteroy

Public College

  • College Jean-Leon Gerome
  • College Jean-Macé
  • College-Jacques Brel
  • College René-Cassin

Private College

  • College Marteroy

General and Technical High School

  • The School Haberges
  • Lycée Edouard Belin
  • LEGTA Munier-Etienne

Vocational College

  • High School Pontarcher
  • High School Luxembourg

Apprentice Training Centre

  • C.F.A. of Haute Saône

Studies senior

  • IUT (University Institute of Technology)
  • IUFM (University Institute of Teacher Training)
  • IFSM (Institute of Nursing Education)
  • CGE (School of Management and Commerce)


The French article is much more detailed: (It is possible to translate the page into English).


  • Famous song by Jacques Brel in 1968
  • Vesoul inaugurated the first Cyber Base France in 1999
  • Voted "most athletic city of France" in 2001
  • Labeled "Child Friendly City" by UNICEF in 2006. This label was renewed in 2009.
  • Labeled "friendly and inclusive City" in 2010
  • Labeled "Cities and villages in bloom" and has 3 flowers
  • Labeled "QualiTri Collection" in 2012
  • Vesoul is the second city in France to obtain ISO 14001 certification

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