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Valenciennes (French pronunciation: ​[valɑ̃sjɛn]; Old Dutch: Valencijn, Latin: Valentianae) is a commune in the Nord depairtment in northren Fraunce.

It lies on the Scheldt (French: Escaut) river. Although the ceety and region haed seen a steady decline atween 1975 an 1990, it haes syne rebundit. The 1999 census recordit that the population o the commune o Valenciennes wis 41,278, an that o the metropolitan aurie wis 399,677.

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Coordinates: 50°21′33″N 3°31′30″E / 50.3592°N 3.525°E / 50.3592; 3.525