Location in Belgium
|Coordinates: 50°29′N 04°32′E / 50.483°N 4.533°ECoordinates: 50°29′N 04°32′E / 50.483°N 4.533°E|
|• Mayor||Jean-Luc Borremans|
|• Governing party/ies||PS|
|• Total||59.28 km2 (22.89 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2016)|
|• Density||380/km2 (1,000/sq mi)|
Fleurus has seven villages:
- Brye (wa: Briye) - Postal code: 6222
- Heppignies (wa: Epniye)
- Lambusart (wa: Lambussåt)
- Saint-Amand (wa: Sint-Amand)
- Wagnelée (wa: Wagnlêye)
- Wanfercée-Baulet (wa: Wanfercêye-Bålet)
- Wangenies (wa: Wanjniye)
Traces of agriculture dating back to the Neolithic Age were found in area known as Fleurjoux and Neuve Baraque. During the Roman times, construction of roads like the (chaussée Brunehaut between Bavay and Cologne).
The town has given its name to three battles fought in the area :
- The Battle of Fleurus (1622) in the Thirty Years' War.
- The Battle of Fleurus (1690) in the Nine Years' War.
- The Battle of Fleurus (1794) in the French Revolutionary Wars.
The battles have been commemorated in ship names of the countries involved, which in turn has led to Fleurus Island in Antarctica being named after SS Fleurus, a Norwegian trawler operated by the Falkland Islands in the 1920s. Rue de Fleurus is on the Left Bank in Paris.
In World War II, the only fighting near Fleurus was a tank battle southwest of the town at Vieux Campinaire in September 1944.
0.1 km2 (24.71 acres) was added to the municipality's area in the early 2000s.
Children's publisher Proost is a major local employer. The Institut national des radioéléments produces radioactive isotopes for medical use.
|January 2002||22,324 (10,626 males and 11,698 females)||377.22/km²||59.18 km²|
|January 2004||22,209 (10,619 males, 11,590 females)||374.64/km²||59.28 km²|
- Media related to Fleurus at Wikimedia Commons
|Les Bons Villers||Sombreffe (WNA)|
|Charleroi||Châtelet, Farciennes||Sambreville (WNA)|