Étain, France

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St. Martin's Church
St. Martin's Church
Coat of arms of Étain
Coat of arms
Étain is located in France
Coordinates: 49°12′58″N 5°37′48″E / 49.216°N 5.63°E / 49.216; 5.63Coordinates: 49°12′58″N 5°37′48″E / 49.216°N 5.63°E / 49.216; 5.63
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Meuse
Arrondissement Verdun
Canton Étain
Intercommunality Pays d'Étain
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean Picart
Area1 19.64 km2 (7.58 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 3,768
 • Density 190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 550181 /55400
Elevation 196–236 m (643–774 ft)
(avg. 210 m or 690 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.

Étain is a commune in the Meuse department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.

It is situated on the Orne River.


It is located approximately 15 miles to the east north east of Verdun.


World War I damage at Étain

The town, which dates from the late 7th/early 8th century, does not have any natural defense features so has fallen to the Prussians and Russians in 1815 right after the Battle of Waterloo, and to the Germans in 1870, 1914 and again in 1940.

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