In France, the "banlieue" is the cities which surround a big city (= suburb). Paris has a banlieue, as do Lyon, Marseille and such...

The people who live in the banlieue are called the "banlieusards".

Because most of the jobs are in the city or in another part of the banlieue, most banlieusards have to deal with rush hour, or use the different ways to travel by rail (SNCF, RER or the métro).

Ban"li*eue` (?), n. [F., fr. LL. bannum leucae, banleuca; bannum jurisdiction + leuca league.]

The territory without the walls, but within the legal limits, of a town or city.

Brande & C.

 

© Webster 1913.

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