Audun -le- Tiche ( German German - Oth, also Deutschoth ) is a commune with 6340 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2011 ) in the department of Moselle in the Lorraine region. The inhabitants call themselves Audunois.


The municipality is located in the extreme northwest of the department of Moselle, on the border with Luxembourg and the department of Meurthe- et- Moselle. Not far from Audun -le- Tiche is the source of the Alzette.


The history of the village is dominated by the iron industry. In particular, the German Mining Industrial Adolph Kirdorf invested from 1892 reinforced in the construction and acquisition of several blast furnace plants and coal industry. However, the last blast furnace was shut down in 1964. Following closure of the population of formerly over 8500 declined steadily. In 1997 the last iron ore mine in France was closed in Audun -le- Tiche.


Worth seeing is the Merovingian necropolis from the seventh century.


Audun -le- Tiche maintains since 2010 a twinning to the Rhineland Palatinate town of Birkenfeld (Nahe). There are also partnerships since 1979, Gualdo Cattaneo in Umbria (Italy ), 1996 (2011 updated) with Duszniki Zdroj in the Province of Lower Silesia ( Poland) and since 2007 with the French Loudun in Vienne.


Born in the city

  • Raymond Cicci (1929-2012), French footballer
  • Jules Sbroglia (1929-2007), French football player, coach and official

In the village have worked

  • François Boch (1700-1754), founded 1748 in Audun -le- Tiche the porcelain manufactory " Jean -François Boch et Frères ", later " Villeroy & Boch Ceramic Works "
  • François Fick (* 1862), wholesale merchant, Member of Parliament and Mayor of German - Oth