800 years ago : the battle of Bouvines

Throughout its history, France has participated in many wars. In Europe, France is one of the countries that has had the most successful military history. Great victories and shameful defeats have shaped the country and contributed to its evolution to form the nation that France is today. In the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, a victory would forever mark the name of a small village in history books and change the face of the Kingdom of France during the Middle-Ages.