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Maubeuge is a French city built on the banks of the Sambre in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, only 7km away from Belgium. It dates back to 256 AD when the Franks arrived from Belgium. Throughout its history it has experienced significant turbulence, including several invasions. The most devastating of these occurred in 1940 when the Germans torched the city, destroying 90% of its historical centre.
Maubeuge was rebuilt under the modernist architect Andre Lurcat, who breathed life back into the city and increased the fortifications. The Renault subsidiary Maubeuge Construction Automobile has been situated in the city since 1975 and is an important part of the economy. The remains of Vauban’s fortifications including the city gates are probably the most impressive of the city’s few remaining historical sites. With all its museums, art galleries and churches there is plenty to see, whether you are here for a business break or a romantic weekend.