Administration Country France Region Upper Normandy Department Seine-Maritime Arrondissement Rouen Canton Mont-Saint-Aignan Intercommunality CREA Mayor Pierre Léautey
(2008 - 2014)
Statistics Elevation 44–171 m (144–561 ft)
(avg. 145 m/476 ft)
Land area1 7.94 km2 (3.07 sq mi) Population2 21,150 (2006) - Density 2,664 /km2 (6,900 /sq mi) INSEE/Postal code 76451/ 76130 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.
The inhabitants of the town of Mont-Saint-Aignan are "Mont-Saint-Aignan, Mont-Saint-Aignanaises."
The town is the fifth-largest suburb of the city of Rouen and lies directly adjacent to the north side of Rouen at the junction of the D121 and D43. In addition to its population of 21,265, there are also around 20,000 students at the University and the various Grandes Écoles.
The parishes of Saint-Aignan (Sanctum Anianum) and Mont-aux-Malades (Monte Infirmorum, which takes its name from a hospital) are mentioned in documents dating back to the 12th century. Henry II built a church there dedicated to Thomas Becket in 1176 in an attempt to make up for his unwitting role in the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The modern commune of Mont-Saint-Aignan was created in the early 19th century (1815–1819) out of the merger of the parishes of Saint-Aignan, Notre-Dame-de-Bondeville, Le Houlme, Maromme, Saint-Aignan-sur-Ry, Saint-Jean-du-Cardonnay, and Saint-Denis-de-Bondeville.
Arms of Mont-Saint-Aignan are blazoned :
Or, a leopard gules within a laurel wreath vert, and on a chief indented azure, 3 fleurs de lys and 2 half ones Or
- Birthplace of Jacques Anquetil (1934–1987), the first cyclist to win the Tour de France five times.
- Viviane Asseyi footballer
- Jackson Mendy footballer
- Matthieu Louis-Jean footballer
- Mohamed Sissoko, Juventus F.C footballer, was born here.
- Lucien Tesnière (1893–1954), ínfluential French linguist, was born here.
- Lagaf', French humorist and TV-presenter.
- Thierry Foucaud (1954- ), French politician, was born here.
- Jamel Ait Ben Idir, footballer, was born here.
- For two years it was home to Tony Parker the NBA star recently married to Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives fame.
- Sébastien Le Toux, who plays for Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer, was born here.
Population history 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 9989 16,031 19,146 19,736 19,961 21,265 21,150 Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates
Places of interest
- The church of St.Jacques, dating from the eleventh century, used as a workshop after the Revolution.
- The church of St.Thomas, dating from the twelfth century.
- The sixteenth century church of St.Aignan.
- The nineteenth century church of St.Andre.
- The modern church of Notre-Dame-de-Miséricorde (1970).
- The chapel of the Petit-Séminaire (1862).
- Several ancient houses.
Colleges and universities
- École Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen (ESC Rouen = business school)
- Institut de Formation Internationale (part of the business school)
- ésitpa (agriculture and agronomy)
- ESIGELEC formerly in Mont-Saint-Aignan; moved in 2004 to nearby Saint Etienne du Rouvray
- Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Rouen (INSA Rouen) also - since Oct 2009 - now wholly in Saint Etienne du Rouvray
- City council website (French)
- Info website-blog about Mont Saint Aignan (French)
- Mont-Saint-Aignan on the Quid website (French)
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