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Dontrien is located in France
Coordinates: 49°14′24″N 4°24′47″E / 49.24°N 4.4131°E / 49.24; 4.4131Coordinates: 49°14′24″N 4°24′47″E / 49.24°N 4.4131°E / 49.24; 4.4131
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Marne
Arrondissement Reims
Canton Mourmelon-Vesle et Monts de Champagne
Intercommunality CU Grand Reims
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Régis Allart
Area1 12.66 km2 (4.89 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 199
 • Density 16/km2 (41/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 51216 /51490

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.

Dontrien is a commune in the Marne department in north-eastern France.


Dontrien is a small village in the north of the Marne department, about 35 km from Reims and 40 km from Châlons-en-Champagne.

On its territory, Dontrien has two rivers, Suippe and Py, which are full of fish. Since the 1970s, Baloré, a small beach on the Suippe has been successful.


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There are different possible origins for the name, such as "don de rien" ("gift of nothing"), i.e. a gift given during the Middle Ages from a Lord to one of his vassals at a time when Dontrien was a forest with no land suitable for cultivation.

In 1247, there was an outbreak of leprosy.

In 1905, 955 hectares were used by farmers and 300 hectares for forest. The village comprised 325 people with 107 citizens in 109 houses. Of these 107 people there were 21 firemen, 1 station master, 3 wardens, 1 brewery, 1 bakery, 1 café, 12 farmers and 1 nurse.


Every 2 weeks, FC.Dontrien plays at the village stadium. In 2008, the team rose to the second division with 29 victories and 1 tie.


Émile Zola briefly mentioned Dontrien in his novel La Débâcle, set around the time of the Franco-Prussian war:

"Finally, around four o'clock, the 106th stopped at Dontrien, a village built on the banks of the Suippe. The little river ran among clusters of trees; the old church was in the middle of the cemetery, which a huge chestnut tree covered completely in its shadow. And it was on the left bank, in a sloping meadow, that the regiment had pitched its tents. The officers said that the four army corps were bivouacking along the course of the Suippe that evening, from Auberive to Heutrégiville, passing by Dontrien, Béthiniville and Pont-Faverger, a march of some five leagues [20 km]." [1]

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  1. ^ "Enfin, vers quatre heures, le 106e s'arrêta à Dontrien, un village bâti au bord de la Suippe. La petite rivière court parmi des bouquets d'arbres, la vieille église est au milieu du cimetière, qu'un marronnier immense couvre tout entier de son ombre. Et ce fut sur la rive gauche, dans un pré en pente, que le régiment dressa ses tentes. Les officiers disaient que les quatre corps d'armée, ce soir-là, allaient bivouaquer sur la ligne de la Suippe, d'Auberive à Heutrégiville, en passant par Dontrien, Béthiniville et Pont-Faverger, un front de bandière qui avait près de cinq lieues."