Commercy

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Commercy
The castle
The castle
Coat of arms of Commercy
Coat of arms
Commercy is located in France
Commercy
Commercy
Coordinates: 48°45′43″N 5°35′33″E / 48.7619°N 5.5926°E / 48.7619; 5.5926Coordinates: 48°45′43″N 5°35′33″E / 48.7619°N 5.5926°E / 48.7619; 5.5926
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Meuse
Arrondissement Commercy
Canton Commercy
Intercommunality Pays de Commercy
Government
 • Mayor François Dosé
Area1 35.37 km2 (13.66 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 6,324
 • Density 180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 55122 / 55200
Elevation 227–280 m (745–919 ft)
(avg. 232 m or 761 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.

Commercy (French pronunciation: ​[kɔ.mɛʁ.si]) is a commune in the Meuse department[1] in Grand Est in north-eastern France. The 18th-century Lorraine historian Nicolas Luton Durival (1713–1795) was born in Commercy.

History[edit]

Commercy dates back to the 9th century, and at that time its lords were dependent on the bishop of Metz.[1] In 1544 it was besieged by Charles V in person. For some time the lordship was in the hands of Jean François Paul de Gondi, cardinal de Retz, who lived in the town for a number of years, and there composed his memoirs.[1] From him it was purchased by Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine.[1] In 1744 it became the residence of Stanisław Leszczyński, king of Poland, who spent a great deal of care on the embellishment of the town, castle and neighbourhood.[1]

Commercy is the home of the Madeleines referred to by Marcel Proust in A la Recherche du Temps Perdu.[2]

In Fiction[edit]

Commercy is the key location for action in the 1964 Film 'The Train' although this did not use the town for filming purposes.

Twin towns[edit]

It is twinned with the German town of Hockenheim.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Commercy". Encyclopædia Britannica. 6 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 773–774. 
  2. ^ Proust, Marcel (1922). Du côté de chez Swann. À la recherche du temps perdu. Grasset and Gallimard. 

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