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(43) - Comines (F) - Comines/Komen (B) + Waasten/Warneton (B) - Warneton (F)

B:

Ville de COMINES-WARNETON (Stad Komen-Waasten)

Composed of the living-quarters Bas-Warneton, Le Bizet, Comines, Houthem, Ploegsteert, Warneton

Administration: Prov. du Hainaut, Arrond. de Mouscron
Population: 17.705 inhabitants in 1994 (18.455 in 1977)
Height : from 36 à 190 feet above sea-level

Dialing prefix: 056/

Postal code: B-7780 Comines/Komen; B-7784 Warneton/Waasten

Town hall/administration: Hôtel de ville : Place Sainte-Anne, 21, B-7780 Comines-Warneton

Walloon community squeezed in between the Flemish province of West-Flanders and the French Republic, with no connection to the mainland of Wallonia.
In 1962 when the linguistic-border was determined, the villages were put under administration of the French-speaking Hainaut Province.


F: Also on the French side, on the other side of the river Leie/Lys, we find a place called 'Comines'. This one is part of the agglomeration Lille.

Basics: Postal code : F-59 560
Département : Nord (59)
Région : Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Statistics: inhabitants: 11.952   ·  Height above sealevel : 56 ft ·  surface: 1602 ha

http://users.belgacom.net/comines_warneton/ - (non-official) site about Comines (B)

http://monsite.ifrance.com/cominois/ (non-official) site about Comines (F)

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Aerial view of the two towns: in the foreground the French part with the town-hall, and in the background the Belgian part.

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Arrival on the French side.

(rue du Pont)

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View back towards the border-bridge from French Comines.

(rue du Pont)

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On the Belgian side all street names are bilingual: Next to the French name, the Dutch (Flemish) translation/name is indicated.

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Upon leaving Belgian Comines: the Flemish name has been wiped out. In the background (left) the tower of the French town-hall can be seen already.

rue du fort/vestingstraat (B) - rue du pont (F)

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The other half of the exclave-borough, 2.5 miles from Comines-centre.

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Arrival in Hainaut-province from Flemish Menen and Wervik.

(Komenstraat, N515)

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View of the Belgian side, standing on the bridge.

(rue du Fort/Vestingstraat)

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View over the river "Leie" from the cycle-path down on the river-bank.

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The town-bridge again.

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On the Belgian side, all place names are indicated biligual: Below the French name, the Dutch (Flemish) translation/name is indicated.

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On the Belgian side, all place names are indicated biligual: Below the French name, the Dutch (Flemish) translation/name is indicated.
The place "
Ploegsteert" has a Flemish name (no doubt), but is part of the French speaking community as well.

place St. Anne / Sint Anna plaats

Comines (F) - Comines/Komen (B) Comines/Komen (B):

The shopping street in Belgian Comines on a rainy day.

(rue du Faubourg/Voorstadstraat)


BK October 2003

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