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Quiévrain: St Martin's church (16th century)
Quiévrain: St Martin's church (16th century)
Flag of Quiévrain
Coat of arms of Quiévrain
Coat of arms
Quiévrain is located in Belgium
Location in Belgium
Location of Quiévrain in Hainaut
Coordinates: 50°24′N 03°41′E / 50.400°N 3.683°E / 50.400; 3.683Coordinates: 50°24′N 03°41′E / 50.400°N 3.683°E / 50.400; 3.683
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Hainaut
Arrondissement Mons
 • Mayor Véronique Damée
 • Governing party/ies PS, AC
 • Total 21.22 km2 (8.19 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2017)[1]
 • Total 6,752
 • Density 320/km2 (820/sq mi)
Postal codes 7380, 7382
Area codes 065
Website www.quievrain.be

Quiévrain is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. On 1 January 2006, the municipality had 6,559 inhabitants. The total area is 21.22 km², giving a population density of 309 inhabitants per km².

The municipality contains the following population centres: Quiévrain proper, Baisieux, and Audregnies.

Quiévrain is the border crossing point on the old main Paris-Brussels railway line. As a result, Belgians humorously refer to France (and vice versa) as outre-Quiévrain (beyond Quiévrain).[2]

Revolutions of 1848[edit]

Shortly after the French Revolution of 1848, Belgian migrant workers living in Paris were encouraged to return to Belgium to overthrow the monarchy and establish a republic.[3] Around 6,000 émigrés, coming from Paris, formed the "Belgian Legion". The legion was armed by some of the administrative authorities of Lille, and intended to penetrate into Belgium to "raise the people" and overthrow the Belgian monarchy. It is likely that the revolutionaries had the support of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the French Second Republic, which had only recently been installed and was still very militant.

The first group, travelling by train, was stopped and quickly disarmed at Quiévrain on 26 March 1848.[4] The second group crossed into Belgium and was defeated in the Risquons-Tout incident.


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