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Saints, Seine-et-Marne

 

Saints, Seine-et-Marne

For other uses, see Saint (disambiguation).
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Coordinates: 48°45′31″N 3°03′03″E / 48.7586°N 3.0508°E / 48.7586; 3.0508Coordinates: 48°45′31″N 3°03′03″E / 48.7586°N 3.0508°E / 48.7586; 3.0508

Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Seine-et-Marne
Arrondissement Meaux
Canton Coulommiers
Intercommunality Trois Rivières
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Bernard Jacotin
Area
 • Land1 20.04 km2 (7.74 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 1,291
 • Population2 density 64/km2 (170/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 77433 / 77120
Elevation 79–156 m (259–512 ft)

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.

Saints is a commune in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France.

History

Saints appears on early maps as Sanz. It is an agricultural village perched above the Petit Aubetin River.

For a short period of time, this village became the operating base of almost the entire US Air Service, the predecessor of the US Air Force. The 1st Pursuit Group was based in Saints for just short of two months – from July 8 to September 1, 1918 out of the seven months it saw combat. And for two weeks before that, the 1st Observation Group's 1st and 12th Aero Squadrons were based there.

Two adjacent villages — Mauperthuis and Touquin — also play a role in the lives of these men and the US Air Service. The men were based in Touquin from the end of June until July 8, when they moved to Saints. And the men were lodged in Mauperthuis, half a mile from Saints, while they were flying out of Saints.

Quentin Roosevelt was based here when he was shot down and killed.

Industry

The village has one small factory - the Tuilerie Thibault. Other than that there are some small farms and one large one - Les Aulnois - which serves as a banquet hall. Les Aulnois had once been a Templar's relay station.

Education

There is single boys and girls school in the village which serves elementary school children.

Geography

The village lies on the right bank of the Aubetin, which flows westward through the southern part of the commune.

Demographics

Inhabitants of Saints are called Saintois. Marc Patrick is a former Saintois known for his escapades with the infamous Kevin Pillot of the neighboring town Beautheil. Their adventures, begun 16 years ago, are resumed annually to this day (9/24/10).

Administration

The Mayor (as of March, 2008) is Monsieur Bernard Jacotin. Past mayors include André Louvet, Guy Fahy, Robert Thibault, Joseph Pratte, Emile Pradier, Louis Emile Vion and Henri Thibault.

See also

References

  • INSEE
  • "Saints", Dr. Yves Richard

External links

  • 1999 Land Use, from IAURIF (Institute for Urban Planning and Development of the Paris-Île-de-France région) (English)
  • French Ministry of Culture list for Saints (French)
  • July 14, 2008 - 90th anniversary Commemoration of United States Air Service in France
  • Robert Thibault - French Soldier/Soldat Francais and former Mayor of Saints
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