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Dreux coat of arms
Dreux (France)
region Center-Val de Loire
Department Eure-et-Loir
Arrondissement Dreux
Canton Dreux-1 (main town)
Dreux-2 (main town)
Community association Agglo du Pays de Dreux
Coordinates 48 ° 44 ′  N , 1 ° 22 ′  E Coordinates: 48 ° 44 ′  N , 1 ° 22 ′  E
height 75-139 m
surface 24.27 km 2
Residents 31,044 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 1,279 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 28100
INSEE code
Website www.drouais.com

View over the city center of Dreux

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Chapelle royale de Dreux
Dreux, Saint-Pierre church

Dreux is a municipality with 31,044 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in France in the Eure-et-Loir department .


Dreux is located about 90 kilometers west of Paris , in the valley of the river Eure at the confluence of its left tributary Blaise .


The city was the capital of a small Gallic tribe, the so-called "Durocasses". In Roman times, important roads crossed here. In the Middle Ages the city was the seat of a county . Various members of the French royal family are buried in the Chapelle Royale Saint Louis.

Battle of Dreux : During the First Huguenot War , on December 19, 1562, the Protestant troops under Prince Ludwig I of Condé and Admiral Gaspard von Coligny were defeated by the Catholic army under François de Lorraine in the Battle of Dreux .

Dreux is the birthplace of François-André Danican Philidor (1726–1795), a composer who is best known today as the strongest chess player of the 18th century.

In the Franco-Prussian War Dreux was captured by Prussian troops on November 19, 1870.

The place received international attention in 1983, when the then insignificant Front National was able to achieve its first major electoral successes and received a majority in the city council; The reasons given were high unemployment in the industrial city and the fear of foreign infiltration due to the arrival of Algerian-Muslim immigrants (especially Harkis from the Algerian war). During the 1990s, contrary to the trend in the rest of the country, the influence of the right-wing extremists was pushed back, so that the party is now represented on the city council with only 2 of 39 council members; in addition, the city made extensive efforts to change its bad reputation. In the 2014 European elections , the FN was the strongest party in Dreux with 24.71%; It also won the first round of the 2015 regional elections in the city with 26.86%, but in the second round had to admit defeat to the candidate of an alliance of various left parties.

Population development

year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2017
Residents 21,588 29,408 33.101 33,379 35,230 31,849 32,723 31,044
Sources: Cassini and INSEE


Twin cities

Dreux is by twinning associated with

Sons and daughters

Web links

Commons : Dreux  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Alex Gardin: La guerre de 1870–1871 à Bernay . Les Éditions Page de Garde, Saint-Aubin-les-Elbeuf 1997, ISBN 2-84340-037-6 , p. 13 (French, first edition: 1898, reprint).
  2. ^ Opposition councilors on the city's website , accessed June 11, 2016.
  3. ^ Election results on the website of the French Ministry of the Interior , accessed on June 11, 2016.