After the arduous edition of October 2021, the air is once again buzzing with anticipation ahead of the start of Paris–Roubaix.

It is a new opportunity to show that Compiègne is a cycling hub and, now, an Olympic hub. The City of Compiègne is going to set up an Olympic sport village in Place du Château de Compiègne to liven up the start village on Saturday 16 April.

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 recently submitted its application to renew its "Ville active et sportive" label, this time aiming for an even higher rating, thanks to its educational and sports policies as well as wide-ranging investments in high-performance facilities in the context of the "Terre de Jeux 2024" label.

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 on the programme. No other French department has as many CPJs as Oise, with Compiègne at its helm.

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.