The city of Lens has been described as a human adventure at a crossroads between cultures. At the heart of Artois and an ideal gateway to northern Europe, Lens owes much of its fame and identity to the mining industry that began to thrive there in the late 19th century. The Great War, during which soldiers from around 30 countries fought in the city, also helped shape its character and its landscapes.
Today, Lens is a very popular centre for tourism, structured around its remembrance sites and trails. Notre Dame de Lorette, Vimy, l'Anneau de la Mémoire (the Ring of Remembrance), the Lens' 14-18 history centre and the Cabaret Rouge serve as reminders of the fragility of peace and the need for European solidarity.
Lens, an exceptionally young city, is also the home of the ‘Sang et Or’ (red and gold), Racing Club de Lens, whose fans converge on the mythical Stade Bollaert-Delelis.
Yet there is so much more to Lens. The awarding of UNESCO World Heritage status, the construction of the Louvre-Lens museum, a symbol of the city’s regeneration, the opening of the Jean Perrin Science Faculty on the site of the former offices of the Lens Mining Company, and the emergence of new activities linked to digital culture and the third industrial revolution demonstrate the Lens-Liévin metropolitan area’s firm commitment to a bold vision of successful redevelopment.
11 June – Albania vs Switzerland – Group A
16 June – England vs Wales – Group B
21 June – Czech Republic vs Turkey – Group D
25 June – Round of 16 – Winner Group D vs Third placed team B/E/F