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The church in Joué-lès-Tours
The church in Joué-lès-Tours

Coat of arms
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Indre-et-Loire
Arrondissement Tours
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Philippe Le Breton (PS)
Area1 33.41 km2 (12.90 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 36,000
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
 • Urban density
 • Metro density
INSEE/Postal code 37122 / 37300
Elevation 44–96 m (144–315 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.

Joué-lès-Tours (French pronunciation: ​) is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France.

It is the largest suburb of the city of Tours, and is adjacent to it on the southwest.



The name of Joué-lès-Tours appears in its form "Gaudiacus" in the 6th Century. It corresponds to a toponymic type frequently found in Christian Gaule, that gave different variants depending on the region: Joué (west of France), Jouy (center and north), Jouey (east), Gouy (Normandy/Picardy), Gaugeac, Jaujac (south). It is composed of the Christian name "Gaudius", meaning "fortunate", "blessed" (gaudia > joy, in Latin) and with the Gallo-Roman suffix -ACU, meaning "place of", "property of".


In February 2010 the mayor, Philippe Le Breton, added the word laïcité underneath the French national motto on the town hall's façade. The Muslim community of Joué-lès-Tours felt they were being "caricatured".

See also


  • INSEE commune file
  • TF1 – Video on the inscription (in French)

External links

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  • Official website (French)

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