Dontrien

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Dontrien
Dontrien is located in France
Dontrien
Dontrien
Coordinates: 49°14′24″N 4°24′47″E / 49.24°N 4.4131°E / 49.24; 4.4131Coordinates: 49°14′24″N 4°24′47″E / 49.24°N 4.4131°E / 49.24; 4.4131
Country France
Region Champagne-Ardenne
Department Marne
Arrondissement Reims
Canton Beine-Nauroy
Intercommunality Communauté de communes des Rives de la Suippe
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Régis Allart
Area
 • Land1 12.66 km2 (4.89 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 199
 • Population2 density 16/km2 (41/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 51216 / 51490

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.

Dontrien is a commune in the Marne department in north-eastern France.

Geography[edit]

Dontrien is a small village of the North of the department 'Marne', far of 35 km of Reims and 40 km of Châlons-en-Champagne.

On its territory, Dontrien has 2 rivers: Suippe and Py which are full of fish. In 1970's, Baloré, a small beach on the Suippe has been successful.

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There are differents origins for the name and especially « don de rien » (gift of nothing), gift made during the Middle age from a Lord to one of his vassal. At this time, Dontrien was a forest where it wasn't possible to cultivate anything.

In 1247, there was a leprosy.

In 1905, 955 hectares were used by farmers and 300 hectares for forest. Village counted 325 people with 107 citizens in 109 houses. For these 107 people there were : 21 firemans, 1 chief for train station, 3 wardens, 1 brewery, 1 bakery, 1 café, 12 farmers, 1 nurse.

Sport[edit]

Every 2 weeks, FC.Dontrien plays at the village stadium. In 2008, the team rose to the second division with 29 victories and 1 tie.

Personalities[edit]

Émile Zola, famous writer, wrote some lines about Dontrien in his book la Débâcle. Here is an extract :

« Enfin, vers quatre heures, le 106e s'arrêta à Dontrien, un village bâti au bord de la Suippe. La petite rivière court parmi des bouquets d'arbres, la vieille église est au milieu du cimetière, qu'un marronnier immense couvre tout entier de son ombre. Et ce fut sur la rive gauche, dans un pré en pente, que le régiment dressa ses tentes. Les officiers disaient que les quatre corps d'armée, ce soir-là, allaient bivouaquer sur la ligne de la Suippe, d'Auberive à Heutrégiville, en passant par Dontrien, Béthiniville et Pont-Faverger, un front de bandière qui avait près de cinq lieues. »

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