Montreuil

Montreuil

[mawn-trœ-yuh]
Montreuil, town (1990 pop. 95,038), Seine-Saint-Denis dept., N central France, a suburb of Paris. Long famous for its peaches and pears, Montreuil has a variety of light industries. It was founded before A.D. 1000. In the center of the town is the Church of SS. Peter and Paul (12th cent.), where Charles V was baptized. A nearby public park has a museum dedicated to the Socialist and workers' movements.

Montreuil (often referred to as Montreuil-sur-Mer) is a sous-préfecture of northern France, in the département of Pas-de-Calais. It is located on the Canche river, not far from Étaples. The Mer (French for "Sea"), however, is now some distance away.

Sights

It is surrounded by medieval ramparts, part of the reinforcement work of the famed French military engineer Vauban from his fortification of Northern France in the 17th Century.

Demographics

Population (1999): 2,688 inhabitants for the city, 21,603 inhabitants for the canton and 99,288 inhabitants for the arrondissement.

Literature

Montreuil was the setting for much of the early part of Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables. The novel's protagonist, Jean Valjean, served as mayor of the city, and also owned a large factory. The city was the setting for much of the early conflict between Valjean and the novel's antagonist, Javert. It was also Fantine's hometown.

Twinned Cities

The city is twinned with Slough, England.

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