is a section of the Belgian city of Menen
, in the province of West Flanders
. Until 1977, it was an independent municipality. It was called Retchème
. In 1173, the village was still called Rekkem, similar to Reclinghem
and to Rijkegem (Tielt
), which were founded by the Viking Rikiwulf
in 876 .
Rekkem is on the frontier with France and borders Wallonia. It adjoins the localities of Menen, Lauwe, Aalbeke, Mouscron (part of the municipality), Neuville-en-Ferrain and Halluin
The centre of Rekkem is located to the north of the territory while the village of Paradijs is located more to the south.
The last complete linguistic census of 1947 indicated that over one quarter of the population used French as the "Language exclusively or most frequently spoken".
The centre of the village is crossed by the N366 (Moeskroenstraat) that connects the centre of Menin and Mouscron. The Lauwestraat and the Priester Coulonstraat, connected to the National, are the link between Rekkem with Lauwe.
The Dronckaertstraat (the former road between Courtrai and Lille) and the A14 motorway (European route E17) pass between the centre of Rekkem and the village of Paradijs.
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