La Seyne -sur -Mer ( okzitan.: La Sanha de Mar) is a city in the south of France. The south-western suburb of Toulon with 62 640 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011) after this second largest city in the department of Var.
In the Middle Ages existed on the site of present-day La Seyne -sur -Mer, only a small village on the site of La Sagno called natural harbor. Under Louis XIV, this port has been included in the expansion of the naval base Toulon; created new forts and the population grew, so that the King of the Church in 1657, a city charter and in 1700 the right to use a coat of arms granted. 1691 a trading and fishing port has been set up; 1711 was added a first shipyard. Napoleon Bonaparte also caused by the construction of an additional forts in 1811 (present-day Fort Napoléon ) for a further development thrust. From 1853 onwards were built at the shipyard Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée (FCM) iron ships - the operation went mid-1966 after the construction of the RMS Saga Fjord into insolvency. In 1859 the city received over railroad tracks, Marseille- Ventimiglia connection to the French railway network. The trend continued in the 20th century unabated: While 21,002 people in 1901 lived in the city, there are now about three times as much.
The city consists of two cantons: in the north of La Seyne -sur -Mer, in the south of Saint- Mandrier- sur -Mer. Mayor of the municipality is Marc Vuillemot of the Socialist Party.
An attractions especially the fortifications should be mentioned, especially the Fort Balaguier back to 1636, which also includes a maritime museum, and the forts de l' Eguillette and Napoléon and the battery de Peyras. Also worth seeing is a fold-up railway bridge across the harbor entrance from the year 1917. A popular destination are the Sablettes, a dune landscape with single green spaces in the Saint Mandrier peninsula.
From La Seyne -sur -Mer come from:
- Frédéric Meyrieu, football player ( b. 1968 )
- Amar Boumilat, football player ( b. 1975 )
- Marc Zanotti, football player ( b. 1975 )
- Bafetimbi Gomis, soccer player ( born 1985 )