The church in Wattrelos
|• Mayor (2014-2020)||Dominique Baert|
|13.44 km2 (5.19 sq mi)|
|• Density||3,100/km2 (8,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|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.|
Wattrelos (French pronunciation: [wa.tʁə.lo] ; archaic Dutch : Waterlos) is a commune in the Northern department in the Nord-Pas de Calais region in northern France. It is located on the border with Belgium, northeast of the city of Lille. It the fifth-largest component of the metropolitan Urban Community of Lille Métropole. Wattrelos borders the communes of Roubaix, Tourcoing and Leers in France and the communes of Moeskroen and Steenput in Belgium.
The commune is a level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes are analogous to civil townships and incorporated municipalities in the United States and Canada, Gemeinden in Germany, comuni in Italy or ayuntamiento in Spain. The United Kingdom has no exact equivalent, as communes resemble districts in urban areas, but are closer to parishes in rural areas where districts are much larger. Communes are based on historical geographic communities or villages and are vested with significant powers to manage the populations and land of the geographic area covered. The communes are the fourth-level administrative divisions of France.
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|The arms of Wattrelos are blazoned :|
Azure, a lion barry argent and gules, armed, langued and crowned Or.
Wattrelos is twinned with:[ citation needed ]
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