Charleville-Mézières

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Charleville-Mézières
Place Ducale
Place Ducale
Coat of arms of Charleville-Mézières
Coat of arms
Location of Charleville-Mézières
Charleville-Mézières is located in France
Charleville-Mézières
Charleville-Mézières
Charleville-Mézières is located in Grand Est
Charleville-Mézières
Charleville-Mézières
Coordinates: 49°46′19″N 4°42′58″E / 49.7719°N 4.7161°E / 49.7719; 4.7161Coordinates: 49°46′19″N 4°42′58″E / 49.7719°N 4.7161°E / 49.7719; 4.7161
CountryFrance
RegionGrand Est
DepartmentArdennes
ArrondissementCharleville-Mézières
CantonCharleville-Mézières-1, 2, 3 and 4
IntercommunalityCA Ardenne Métropole
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Boris Ravignon
Area
1
31.44 km2 (12.14 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2017)[1]
46,428
 • Density1,500/km2 (3,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s)French: Carolomacérien
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
08105 /08000
Elevation133–323 m (436–1,060 ft)
(avg. 148 m or 486 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Charleville-Mézières (French pronunciation: ​[ʃaʁləvil mezjɛʁ]) is a commune in northern France, capital of the Ardennes department in the Grand Est region. Charleville-Mézières is located on the banks of the river Meuse.

History[edit]

Charleville in 1625

Charleville and Mézières were originally separate communities on opposite banks of the Meuse, about 1.2 km (0.75 mi) from one another.[2]

Charleville was founded by Charles Gonzaga, the 8th duke of Mantua, in 1606. Its inhabitants were known as Carolopolitans (Carolopolitains). It was prosperous from the 17th century, although its fortifications were dismantled under Louis XIV in 1687 and it passed into French hands in 1708. It was plundered by the Prussians in 1815. France's royal armaments factory was formerly located there and gave its name to the Charleville musket, before being relocated and divided between Tulle and Châtellerault. In the 19th century, the city continued to produce arms through private firms, as well as nails, hardware, wine, spirits, coal, iron, and slate. It boasted a spacious port, a theatre, a large public library, and a museum of natural history.[2]

The inhabitants of Mézières were known as Macerians (Macériens).

By the mid-19th century, the two towns were linked by a suspension bridge.[2] The present commune was established in 1966. Another commune, Le Theux, had already been merged into Mézières in 1965. It has a population of about 51,000.

Panorama of Place ducale

Climate[edit]

With an annual average of 9 °C (48,1 °F), Charleville-Mézières is generally the coolest city of France. Winters are long, cold and gloomy while summers are hot enough but sometimes, even in the middle of July, night temperatures can drop below 5 °C (41 °F). Under the Köppen-Geiger climate classification, Charleville-Mézières features a temperate oceanic climate (Cfb) with strong continental influences (Dfb).

Climate data for Charleville-Mézières (1981–2010 averages)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 15.0
(59.0)
17.5
(63.5)
22.0
(71.6)
28.1
(82.6)
30.7
(87.3)
34.9
(94.8)
39.2
(102.6)
37.0
(98.6)
30.7
(87.3)
27.7
(81.9)
19.9
(67.8)
15.6
(60.1)
39.2
(102.6)
Average high °C (°F) 5.1
(41.2)
6.6
(43.9)
10.8
(51.4)
14.6
(58.3)
18.8
(65.8)
21.6
(70.9)
24.1
(75.4)
23.7
(74.7)
19.6
(67.3)
14.9
(58.8)
9.1
(48.4)
5.7
(42.3)
14.6
(58.3)
Average low °C (°F) −0.5
(31.1)
−0.7
(30.7)
1.6
(34.9)
3.3
(37.9)
7.3
(45.1)
10.2
(50.4)
12.1
(53.8)
11.7
(53.1)
8.9
(48.0)
6.2
(43.2)
2.7
(36.9)
0.5
(32.9)
5.3
(41.5)
Record low °C (°F) −17.5
(0.5)
−16.7
(1.9)
−13.8
(7.2)
−8.5
(16.7)
−4.4
(24.1)
−2.4
(27.7)
1.7
(35.1)
0.4
(32.7)
−2.0
(28.4)
−6.7
(19.9)
−11.8
(10.8)
−16.4
(2.5)
−17.5
(0.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 102.3
(4.03)
77.0
(3.03)
82.5
(3.25)
62.7
(2.47)
69.4
(2.73)
70.4
(2.77)
74.6
(2.94)
70.8
(2.79)
67.2
(2.65)
88.3
(3.48)
86.9
(3.42)
106.3
(4.19)
958.4
(37.73)
Average precipitation days 13.7 11.3 13.3 10.9 11.3 10.4 10.0 9.6 10.2 11.8 12.9 14.1 139.5
Mean monthly sunshine hours 53.6 66.5 118.5 163.5 186.6 195.2 206.3 196.9 143.5 97.2 45.6 42.6 1,515.9
Source: Météo France[3][4]

Population[edit]

In the table and graph below, data for 1962 and earlier refer to the old commune of Charleville, before the merger with Étion, Mézières, Mohon and Montcy-Saint-Pierre.[5]

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1793 7,240—    
1800 7,724+0.93%
1806 8,430+1.47%
1821 8,320−0.09%
1831 7,773−0.68%
1836 8,878+2.69%
1841 9,875+2.15%
1846 9,353−1.08%
1851 9,162−0.41%
1866 11,244+1.37%
1872 12,676+2.02%
1876 13,759+2.07%
1881 16,185+3.30%
1886 16,906+0.88%
1891 17,390+0.57%
1896 17,805+0.47%
1901 18,772+1.06%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1906 20,702+1.98%
1911 22,654+1.82%
1921 21,689−0.43%
1926 22,634+0.86%
1931 22,708+0.07%
1936 22,557−0.13%
1946 20,193−1.10%
1954 22,536+1.38%
1962 24,668+1.14%
1968 55,543+14.49%
1975 60,176+1.15%
1982 58,667−0.36%
1990 57,008−0.36%
1999 55,490−0.30%
2007 51,070−1.03%
2012 49,759−0.52%
2017 46,428−1.38%
Source: EHESS[5] and INSEE (1968-2017)[6]

Culture[edit]

Puppetry is an important part of the cultural life of Charleville-Mézières, which is called the "World Capital of Puppetry Arts". An international puppet festival has been held there every three years since 1961, and became a biennial event in 2011.[7] The town is also home to the world headquarters of UNIMA[8] as well as the International Puppetry Institute (French: Institut International de la Marionnette),[9] which is housed in a historic building featuring a giant automaton of a puppeteer who performs a puppet show every hour on the hour. The École Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette (ESNAM), a college which offers a higher education in puppetry, is also situated in Charleville-Mézières. [10]

The poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854–1891) was born in Charleville. The Rimbaud museum [fr] is located in the old water mill (Le Vieux Moulin) to the north of the town.

Transport[edit]

City buses are run by TAC,[11] Transports de l’Agglomération de Charleville-Mézières. The Gare de Charleville-Mézières railway station offers connections to Paris (by TGV), Reims, Lille, Metz and regional destinations.

Sport[edit]

OFC Charleville represent the town at association football. Étoile de Charleville-Mézières is a basketball club.

Famous residents[edit]

International relations[edit]

Charleville-Mézières is twinned with:[12]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d EB (1878), "Charleville".
  3. ^ "Données climatiques de la station de Charleville-Mézières" (in French). Meteo France. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Climat Champagne-Ardenne" (in French). Meteo France. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Charleville-Mézières, EHESS. (in French)
  6. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  7. ^ "L'histoire". Festival-marionnette.com. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  8. ^ "UNIMA: Accueil". Unima.org. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  9. ^ "INSTITUT INTERNATIONAL DE LA MARIONNETTE - IIM". Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Website of IIM and ESNAM". Archived from the original on 26 September 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  11. ^ [1] Archived 21 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Jumelages et coopérations internationales". charleville-mezieres.fr (in French). Charleville-Mézières. Retrieved 20 November 2019.

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