First mining basin site of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Anzin is part of the suburbs of Valenciennes. It is therefore on a background of mining past that inspired Emile Zola to write Germinal that the city is unveiled and discovered. His past, full of history and emotions of the black figures, left many traces as well as his conversion in the iron and steel industry until 1970 when everything changed. The growth of the city is cut net and the town, free zone, is now looking for new ways, new business locations to give a second wind to its economic life. Flat country with the wet lands between the valleys of the Scarpe and the Escaut, it offers a landscape unique to the one who discovers the mining basins although everything happened in the basements of the city today definitively condemned. It is therefore a city punctuated by corons and mine pits headlong waiting for you in this North depicted with such emotion by Zola and sung by Pierre Bachelet.