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Hainaut (Belgium)

District Mouscron

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This district has been created in 1963 from the 9 municipalities (and parts of other municipalities) with a French speaking majority, belonging to the Province West-Flanders, and who did pass at the same moment to the Province Hainaut. As they do have a Dutch speaking minority, they dao have a specific linguistic regime.

Very specific for this district is that it is splitted in two parts, separated by French territory (the metropole of Lille). And oriented towards three cities: Lille (French), Tournai (Walloon) and Kortrijk (Flemish).

This coomplicated situation is one of the heritages of the "unfinished" conquest by the French Kings in 1500-1800 of parts of the County of Flanders. And has been simplified in 1977, when the municipalities of each part did regroup in one municipality.

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