Charleville-Mézières

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Charleville-Mézières
Place Ducale
Place Ducale
Coat of arms of Charleville-Mézières
Coat of arms
Charleville-Mézières is located in France
Charleville-Mézières
Charleville-Mézières
Coordinates: 49°46′19″N 4°42′58″E / 49.7719°N 4.7161°E / 49.7719; 4.7161Coordinates: 49°46′19″N 4°42′58″E / 49.7719°N 4.7161°E / 49.7719; 4.7161
Country France
Region Champagne-Ardenne
Department Ardennes
Arrondissement Marseille
Intercommunality Cœur d'Ardenne
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Boris Ravignon
Area
 • Land1 31.44 km2 (12.14 sq mi)
Population (2009 [1])
 • Population2 49,975
 • Population2 density 1,600/km2 (4,100/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 08105 / 08000
Elevation 133–323 m (436–1,060 ft)
(avg. 148 m or 486 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Charleville-Mézières (French pronunciation: ​[ʃaʁ.lə.vil.me.zjɛʁ]) is a commune in northern France, capital of the Ardennes department in the Champagne-Ardenne region. Charleville-Mézières is located on the banks of the Meuse River.

History[edit]

The commune of Charleville-Mézières was created in 1966 by the fusion of two adjacent communities, Charleville and Mézières. Another commune, Le Theux, had already been merged into Mézières in 1965. It has a population of about 51,000. The inhabitants of Charleville were known as Carolopolitains; those of Mézières as Macériens. The inhabitants of the new merged community are called Carolomacériens.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 7,240 —    
1800 7,724 +6.7%
1806 8,430 +9.1%
1821 8,320 −1.3%
1831 7,773 −6.6%
1836 8,878 +14.2%
1841 9,875 +11.2%
1846 9,353 −5.3%
1851 9,162 −2.0%
1866 11,244 +22.7%
1872 12,676 +12.7%
1876 13,759 +8.5%
1881 16,185 +17.6%
1886 16,906 +4.5%
1891 17,390 +2.9%
1896 17,805 +2.4%
1901 18,772 +5.4%
1906 20,702 +10.3%
1911 22,654 +9.4%
1921 21,689 −4.3%
1926 22,634 +4.4%
1931 22,708 +0.3%
1936 22,557 −0.7%
1946 20,193 −10.5%
1954 22,536 +11.6%
1962 24,668 +9.5%
1968 55,343 +124.4%
1975 60,176 +8.7%
1982 58,667 −2.5%
1990 57,008 −2.8%
1999 55,490 −2.7%
2008 50,876 −8.3%
2009 49,975 −1.8%

Culture[edit]

A marionette festival (French: Le festival des marionnettes) has been held there every three years since 1961. However, starting from 2011 marks its transition to a biennial event. There is also a giant marionette incorporated into a building, displaying a little show every 15 minutes when working normally.

The poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854–1891) was born in Charleville. The Musée Rimbaud (Rimbaud museum) is located in the old water mill (Le Vieux Moulin) to the north of the town.

Transport[edit]

City buses are run by TAC, Transports de l’Agglomération de Charleville-Mézières. The Gare de Charleville-Mézières railway station offers connections to Paris (by TGV), Reims, Lille, Metz and regional destinations.

Sport[edit]

OFC Charleville represent the town at association football.

International relations[edit]

Charleville-Mézières is twinned with:

See also[edit]

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