Givet

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Givet
Around St. Hilary's Church and Charlemont Fort
Around St. Hilary's Church and Charlemont Fort
Coat of arms of Givet
Coat of arms
Givet is located in France
Givet
Givet
Coordinates: 50°08′20″N 4°49′30″E / 50.1389°N 4.825°E / 50.1389; 4.825Coordinates: 50°08′20″N 4°49′30″E / 50.1389°N 4.825°E / 50.1389; 4.825
Country France
Region Champagne-Ardenne
Department Ardennes
Arrondissement Charleville-Mézières
Canton Givet
Intercommunality Ardennes Rives de Meuse
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Claude Wallendorff
Area1 18.41 km2 (7.11 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 6,736
 • Density 370/km2 (950/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 08190 / 08600
Elevation 103–124 m (338–407 ft)
(avg. 124 m or 407 ft)
Website givet.fr

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.

Givet (French pronunciation: ​[ʒi.vɛ]) is a commune in the Ardennes department in northern France very close to the Belgian border. It lies on the river Meuse where Emperor Charles V built the fortress of Charlemont.

Later on, another building was added to the fort, the Caserne Rougé, the longest barracks of France at that time, named after Pierre François, Marquis de Rougé, general of the French armies k.a. 1761.

History[edit]

The town's history claims that Saint Hubert lived there in 720 and performed a miracle. The town has changed hands several times since the Roman era before becoming part of France in 1678, and was later invaded by Russians and Germans.

In World War II, Givet was occupied by the Germans on May 12, 1940. The city was liberated September 7, 1944. By December 1944, 11,000 American soldiers were billeted in the ancient Charlemont fortress. The German Ardennes Offensive targeted Givet and its crossing of the Meuse. The British, under Montgomery, organized a last-ditch defense, and on 24 December, the German drive was stopped about 10 kilometers from Givet.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 4,100 —    
1800 3,643 −11.1%
1806 3,879 +6.5%
1821 4,068 +4.9%
1831 4,220 +3.7%
1836 4,293 +1.7%
1841 5,689 +32.5%
1846 5,855 +2.9%
1851 5,639 −3.7%
1866 5,801 +2.9%
1872 5,104 −12.0%
1876 5,575 +9.2%
1881 6,972 +25.1%
1886 7,820 +12.2%
1891 7,083 −9.4%
1896 7,100 +0.2%
1901 6,947 −2.2%
1906 7,468 +7.5%
1911 7,759 +3.9%
1921 5,519 −28.9%
1926 6,803 +23.3%
1931 6,826 +0.3%
1936 6,923 +1.4%
1946 5,524 −20.2%
1954 6,656 +20.5%
1962 7,444 +11.8%
1968 7,865 +5.7%
1975 7,804 −0.8%
1982 7,587 −2.8%
1990 7,775 +2.5%
1999 7,372 −5.2%
2008 6,736 −8.6%

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