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The castle
The castle
Coat of arms of Commercy
Coat of arms
Commercy is located in France
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
 • 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.


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]


  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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