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Arques, Pas-de-Calais

Fontinettes boat lift
Fontinettes boat lift
Coat of arms of Arques
Coat of arms
Arques is located in France
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Saint-Omer
Canton Arques
Intercommunality Saint Omer
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Joël Duquesnoy
Area1 22.41 km2 (8.65 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 9,945
 • Density 440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 62040 / 62510
Elevation 2–62 m (6.6–203.4 ft)
(avg. 10 m or 33 ft)

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.

Arques is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Population 3
  • Economy 4


Arques is situated in the middle of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, 40 km from Calais and Dunkerque, and 45 km from Boulogne-sur-Mer. It lies on the border of the departments of Pas-de-Calais and Nord.

The town is crossed by the Neufossé Canal, which connects the rivers Aa and Lys. The commune also includes several lakes—Beauséjour, Arc-en-ciel, Malhôve, Batavia—and part of the forest of Rihout-Clairmarais.


In the wake of the Battle of the Golden Spurs a battle was fought here in April 1303 between French and Flemish. The Flemish were victorious in the Battle of Arques (1303). Arques is not to be confused with Arques-la-Bataille, where the Battle of Arques (1589) took place.



Arques is famous for its crystal

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