There are a whole bunch of “rue de Thionville” and “route de Thionville” in Moselle Nord, Yutz, Guénange, Illange, Angevillers, Uckange… but also near Metz, Woippy, Maizières-lès-Metz , and logically behind the border, in the Grand Duchy. This is the case in Hesperange, Luxembourg-Ville or even in Dudelange. One could almost believe – with a touch of chauvinism – that all roads lead to Thionville. Still, the fame of the second city of Moselle is not limited to the departmental border. It appears, much further, surprisingly, at the intersections and crossroads of other French municipalities. Starting with the “neighbors” of the Grand Est, Nancy and Reims, which each have a “rue de Thionville”. »Keeping heading west, you find a« rue de Thionville »in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, and in Perreux-sur-Marne, in Val-de-Marne (94). This “Pearl of the East of Paris” which has nearly 34,000 souls, also a “rue de Metz”, a few meters from that of Thionville.
Thanks to licensed houses
But a thousand kilometers from the city of Moselle Nord, it is even more surprising to take a “rue de Thionville” in… Toulouse! Why does the South-West municipality have an interest in Thionville? The answer is regulated by the communication service of the pink city which carried out research. According to Pierre Salies, Dictionary of the streets of Toulouse, Toulouse: Milan, 1989, 1174 p. (2 vol.), It turns out that the “rue Thionville” is an old road, incorporated around 1830 into the rue Arnaud-Vidal. As early as 1876, it was thought to give it the name of Thionville to commemorate the annexation of the Moselle town in 1871, but this was not final until February 14, 1883. In fact, its separation from rue Arnaud-Vidal results from a petition from the inhabitants, in 1876. Because of the licensed houses which occupied and made this street all too famous!
Thionville has also made a name for itself, much further north, among the Chtis. In Lille, the “rue de Thionville” is a communication route created in 1621, can we read on the site www.lilledantan.com/rue_de_thionville.htm /. The street first took the name of “Rue des Carmes” in reference to the former Carmelite Convent established on the current Place de Gand. In 1792, the “rue des Carmes” became “rue de Thionville”, then temporarily “rue de Berry” before resuming its previous name. This street, like the whole district, contained a large number of wealthy families from Lille at the start of the 20th century.
Active in a few days, the portal https://www.urban-hist.toulouse.fr / will present an interactive map of the streets of Toulouse with a detailed history showing the best historians of Toulouse. The rue de Thionville is there.