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The Church of Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens
The Church of Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens
Coat of arms of Balaives-et-Butz
Coat of arms
Balaives-et-Butz is located in France
Location within Grand Est region
Balaives-et-Butz is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 49°40′25″N 4°44′05″E / 49.6736°N 4.7347°E / 49.6736; 4.7347Coordinates: 49°40′25″N 4°44′05″E / 49.6736°N 4.7347°E / 49.6736; 4.7347
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Ardennes
Arrondissement Charleville-Mézières
Canton Nouvion-sur-Meuse
Intercommunality Charleville-Mézières / Sedan
 • Mayor (2001–2014) Jean-Louis Milard
Area1 11.05 km2 (4.27 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 241
 • Density 22/km2 (56/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 08042 /08160
Elevation 173–326 m (568–1,070 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.

Balaives-et-Butz is a commune in the Ardennes department in the Grand Est region of northern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Balaiviens or Balaiviennes.[1]

The commune has been awarded two flowers by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom in the Competition of cities and villages in Bloom.[2]


Balaives-et-Butz is located some 10 km south of Charleville-Mézières and 5 km north-east of Poix-Terron. Access to the commune is by the D233 road from Boutancourt in the east which passes through the south-eastern branch of the commune just south of the village then continues south-west to Singly. The village is accessed by the Rue du Routon which branches off the D233. The commune has large areas of forest with comparatively small areas of farmland.[3]

The Ruisseau de Butz rises west of the village and flow east through the village then eastwards to join the Étang d'Alger and the Ruisseau de Boutancourt which eventually joins the Meuse at Flize. The Ruisseau de Bourbeuse rises south of the village and joins the Ruisseau de Butz in the village.

Neighbouring communes and villages[edit]


The name Balaives means "beautiful water" from the nearby water sources.


Arms of Balaives-et-Butz

Gules, a Cross of Or cantoned with 4 billets the same, in chief Azure charged with a lion passant guardant of Azure.


List of Successive Mayors[4]

From To Name Party Position
1952 1976 Jean Baudet
1995 2001 Jean-Christophe Oudin
2001 2020 Jean Louis Milard

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 241 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 communes that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
212 215 231 258 402 424 434 443 437
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
- - 435 393 374 384 383 356 307
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
279 247 303 212 204 198 177 170 188
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
212 178 181 200 216 209 229 241 -

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

Population of Balaives-et-Butz

Sites and monuments[edit]

A Fulling Water Mill (currently a Vynex Hardware factory) (18th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument.[5]

See also[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.


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