The Indian district

The Indian district lies on the border between the town (on the left) and the countryside (on the right) : that's why it is so lovely and picturesque. The district was named this way as a tribute to the conquests of Dupleix in the 18th century.

The Indian district is actually located beyond the historical limits of the town : it is one of those new urban zones that were created after the demolition of the ramparts in 1894. It has always been traditionally occupied by people from the working-class. Indeed most of the workers who had a job in one of the factories of Lower Town chose to settle in the Indian district, which was then very cheap but also quite insalubrious. The inhabitants of the Indian district are still a very strong self-helping community today.

The new and poor Indian district at the beginning of the 20th century