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The Manchester of France

Aug 18, 2007
The city of Lille, which was built on the Deule River, and was first founded in 1066, during the Medieval ages. In the 19th Century, the city Lille became a large industrial city, and the population tripled in a short time.

Lille was taken by the Germans in May 1940, after brief resistance by a Moroccan Infantry division. On September 3rd 1944 the German troops began to leave Lille, fearing the British, who were on their way from Brussels. Following this, the Lille resistance managed to retake part of the city before the British tanks arrived.

Lille was once known as "the Manchester of France" but the old textile mills and dirty heavy industry have now gone, driven out of business in the second half of the 20th century by lower cost foreign producers.

The city is a haven for shoppers. Euralille Avenue Le Courbusier was opened with the channel tunnel in 1994, this impressive business and leisure development houses over 140 shops, hotel and apartments on street level, a Carrefour hypermarket, a roller blading venue in the basement and in one of the tower blocks is Aeronef, music venue and a nightclub.

High-street brands line the pedestrians streets in Central Lille. Sunday is market day. The biggest is at Wazemmes but there's another one in Old Lille, at the end of the rue de la Monnaie, where the locals say the fruit is better quality.

The city has over 100,000 students to keep the night life vibrant, although one of the nice things about Lille night life is that different age groups mix. Beer is the drink of choice, and almost every beer has a glass to match. The student hang-outs lining the rues Massena and Solferino. If you want a quite night the best night spots are in cosy bars in Vieux Lille.

The Hospice Comtesse Museum is located in the heart of Lille's old town. Founded in 1237 by Joan of Constantinople, Countess of Flanders for the ailing inhabitants of Lille, the rambling edifice is a maze of rooms where old wards follow on to a chapel and a nunnery.

On the out skirts the Museum of Modern Art houses an extensive and varied collection of 20th-century and modern art originating from various donations, including the Aracine and Masurel collections. The museum has also developed a strong collection of contemporary art focusing on Lyrical Abstraction and Narrative Figuration, with works by Daniel Buren, Martin Barre, Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Gerard Gasiorowski and Claude Rutault. In 1995 the museum received a substantial donation of art brut from L'Aracine.
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Douglas Scott writes for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The French Rental Site
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