Sidi-bel-Abbès

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Sidi-bel-Abbès

(sē'dē-bĕl-äbĕs`), city (1998 pop. 180,260), W central Algeria, on the Mékerra River. It is the commercial center of an important area of vineyards, market gardens, orchards, and grain fields. Farm and electronics equipment are manufactured. The city developed around a French camp built in 1843. Until 1962, Sidi-bel-Abbès was headquarters of the French Foreign Legion.
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1831: The French Foreign Legion was founded by King Louis Philippe, with headquarters at Sidi-bel-Abbes in Algeria.
Summary: (Algeria)- The commercial exploitation of the railway line linking the provinces of Oran (432-km west of Algiers) to Bechar (965-km southwest of Algiers) is to be possible "very soon," announced Transport Minister Amar Tou Friday in Sidi-Bel-Abbes (440-km west of Algiers).
An avid sportsman, Fourcade was a track runner at the turn of the century and a boxing referee before taking a job in 1915 as a tax inspector in Sidi-bel-Abbes, Algeria.