Mouscron

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Mouscron (French: [mukʁɔ̃]; Dutch: Moeskroen, pronounced [muˈskrun]; West Flemish and Picard: Moucron) is a Walloon city and Frenchspeaking municipality with facilities for the Dutchspeaking minority, located in the Belgian province of Hainaut, along the border with the French city of Tourcoing, which is part of the Lille metropolitan area. The Mouscron municipality also includes the old municipalities of Dottignies (Dottenijs), Luingne (Lowingen), and Herseaux (Herzeeuw). In accordance with the national law, the municipality offers dual language services in French and Dutch. Kortrijk, in Flanders, is located just to the north of Mouscron.
The city substantially grew during the 19th and early 20th century with the development of the textile industry in the north of France. The symbol of the city is the Hurlu: a character representing Protestant activists, who plundered the countryside during the Wars of Religion (16th century).

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