The start of Paris-Roubaix, highly anticipated this year, is a new opportunity to show that Compiègne is a cycling hub and, now, an Olympic hub.
The Sports Department of the Compiègne Region Conurbation will again organise the Salon de Paris-Roubaix during the team presentation on Saturday to be as close to the riders as possible. Cycling bargain hunters will embark on a quest for treasures, rummaging through the stands in their search for the one collectible, poster or jersey that is still missing from their collections. Compiègne, awarded the "active and sportive" city label, stands out for its sports policy, which has been in place for several years and earned it the "Terre de Jeux 2024" label.

Olympic venue
The Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG) for Paris 2024 selected eight sports facilities to host the Olympic delegations.
Our Olympic Games preparation centres (CPJ) were added to the official catalogue sent out to international delegations. We may host up to 15 of the 54 sports -including the BMX race-on the programme in Paris (32 in the Olympics and 22 in the Paralympics). No other French department has submitted as many applications as Oise, with Compiègne at its helm. It is now up to use to convince the international delegations to pick Compiègne and prepare for the Games with us.

Educational institutions at the cutting edge of research
Compiègne is home to a real higher learning hub. The University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC), recognised as the top post-baccalaureate general engineering school (2018–2019 Eduniversal Ranking), and the Higher School of Organic and Mineral Chemistry (ESCOM) make Compiègne an attractive place to do business and boost the city's national and international profile.

A land of remembrance
The Internment and Deportation Memorial makes Compiègne a true open-air museum and makes sure these poignant events are never forgotten. Visitors can explore the living reality of history to gain a better understanding of these dark years and vigorously say "never again". Monuments such as the Abbey of Saint Cornelius, the churches of Saint James and Saint Anthony, the King's Great Stables and the Gothic-style City Hall hark back to the rich past of the city. Ever since the Merovingian era, numerous sovereigns who wanted to hunt in Compiègne have had residences built here. Louis XV, Napoleon and Napoleon III were the driving forces behind what is now known as the Château de Compiègne. The Armistice that ended World War I was signed in a clearing in the north of Compiègne.

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