Lille that has lived throughout a rich history of various affiliations, from the Habsburgs to the Burgundians, from the Spanish to France, distinguished itself by its continuous commercial development and in the recent past, by its prominent place in the textile and metal industries.
Metropolis of its region, it is adorned with wonderful architectural achievements that illustrate the passage of centuries.
The city, with one of the youngest populations in France, has a university and renowned research centres.
True to its tradition of festivals, street markets, Berlouffes and popular markets, it is a centre of cultural activity in all areas, visual arts, performing arts, books, movies.
National and international transport tracks knot, the city has developed in recent decades a large industrial and commercial infrastructure, redirecting its activities [textile quality, modern trade, electronics], and constantly upgrading while keeping its traditions of cheerfulness, friendliness and tolerance.