Firminy

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Firminy
Commune
Hauteurs de Firminy.JPG
Coat of arms of Firminy
Coat of arms
Location of Firminy
Firminy is located in France
Firminy
Firminy
Firminy is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Firminy
Firminy
Coordinates: 45°23′20″N 4°17′16″E / 45.3889°N 4.2878°E / 45.3889; 4.2878Coordinates: 45°23′20″N 4°17′16″E / 45.3889°N 4.2878°E / 45.3889; 4.2878
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentLoire
ArrondissementSaint-Étienne
CantonFirminy
IntercommunalitySaint-Étienne Métropole
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Marc Petit
Area
1
10.45 km2 (4.03 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
17,221
 • Density1,600/km2 (4,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
42095 /42700
Elevation446–800 m (1,463–2,625 ft)
(avg. 468 m or 1,535 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Firminy is a commune in the Loire department in central France.

It lies on the Ondaine River 8 mi. southwest of Saint-Étienne by rail.

History[edit]

The ancient name of the town was Firminiaco or Firminiacus (lit. "place of Firmin"). The name was first recorded in a 971 charter by the King of Burgundy.

Firminy had historically important coalmines known since the 14th century and extensive manufactures of iron, steel, and aluminum goods, including railway material, machinery and cannon. Fancy woolen hosiery was also manufactured.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
17931,486—    
18061,821+22.5%
18212,627+44.3%
18313,779+43.9%
18414,306+13.9%
18515,374+24.8%
18617,672+42.8%
187210,422+35.8%
188113,707+31.5%
189114,511+5.9%
190116,903+16.5%
191119,580+15.8%
192120,194+3.1%
193121,365+5.8%
194620,362−4.7%
195421,161+3.9%
196226,065+23.2%
196824,924−4.4%
197525,060+0.5%
198224,113−3.8%
199023,123−4.1%
199919,297−16.5%
200617,975−6.9%
201516,839−6.3%

Sights[edit]

Two historic churches from the 12th and 16th centuries are located here. The architect Le Corbusier designed a group of modern buildings, called "Firminy Vert", which includes the Saint-Pierre Church, a stadium, a cultural center, and an Unité d'Habitation.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Firminy" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 10 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 424.

External links[edit]



  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.