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Aussonce Town Hall
Aussonce Town Hall
Location of Aussonce
Aussonce is located in France
Aussonce is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 49°21′02″N 4°19′24″E / 49.3506°N 4.3233°E / 49.3506; 4.3233Coordinates: 49°21′02″N 4°19′24″E / 49.3506°N 4.3233°E / 49.3506; 4.3233
RegionGrand Est
IntercommunalityCC Pays Rethélois
 • Mayor (2015-2020) Bruno Ponsin
19.14 km2 (7.39 sq mi)
 • Density11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
08032 /08310
Elevation94–170 m (308–558 ft)
(avg. 86 m or 282 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Aussonce is a commune in the Ardennes department in the Grand Est region of north-eastern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Alsontains or Alsontaines.[2]


Aussonce is located some 30 km north-east of Reims and 25 km south of Rethel. The western border of the commune is the departmental border between Ardennes and Marne. Access to the commune is by the D25 road from La Neuville-en-Tourne-à-Fuy in the east which passes through the village then continues west to Heutrégiville, changing to the D33 at the border. The D985 from La Neuville-en-Tourne-à-Fuy to Pontfaverger-Moronvilliers passes through the south-east of the commune. The D15 goes north-west from the village to Ménil-Lépinois. The commune consists entirely of flat farmland.[3]

The Ruisseau d'Aussonce rises near the village and flows west to join the Suippe at Vaudetre.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]


In the Aussonce church bell tower there is the following inscription: "On 3 April 1650 the battle of Aussonce took place between the Germans and locals. It lasted from 9 in the morning until 7 in the evening. The people were beaten and forced to flee. Fire was set in the village and there remained a few houses and four barns".[4]


List of Successive Mayors[5]

From To Name Party Position
1857 1875 Jules Frérot
1879 1885 Clovis Beauvais
1893 1914 Henri Concet
2001 Germain Hainguerlot
2001 2008 Michel Peze
2008 2015 Gilles Preaux

(Not all data is known)

The entrance to the village
The War Memorial


In 2010 the commune had 188 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
406 416 419 407 480 512 454 465 474
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
- - 440 428 395 350 313 316 298
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
289 277 264 196 207 215 206 194 217
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
209 195 145 136 138 157 161 188 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

The Bus stop
Population of Aussonce

Sites and Monuments[edit]

The Chapel Saint Sindulphe
  • The Chapel Saint Sindulphe: at the foot of the chapel is the source of a stream called le Relais which flows towards Marne department across "les Marais" (The Marshes) to join the Suippe in Heutrégiville commune.
The German War Cemetery
  • The German War cemetery is in the woods (which belonged to Colonel Pierre Bouchez) on the road to Heutrégiville located opposite a Russian concentration camp during World War II. Later the bodies were interred in cemeteries at Aussonce and Warmeriville. After coming to La Neuville under TAF, the German War Graves service (SESMA) settled at Heutrégiville on land sold by René Verdelet. "Reconciliation over the graves" was the motto.

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Jules Frérot, born in Thin-le-Moutier on 9 January 1823, died 5 October 1894 at Aussonce, forester, nurseryman, a member of the League of farmers of France, Mayor of Aussonce for 21 years, cantonal delegate, former alternate justice of the peace for the canton of Juniville.

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Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Inhabitants of Ardennes (in French)
  3. ^ a b c Google Maps
  4. ^ La Champagne généalogie
  5. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)