Joncherey

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Joncherey
Commune
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Joncherey
Coat of arms
Joncherey is located in France
Joncherey
Joncherey
Coordinates: 47°31′47″N 7°00′07″E / 47.5297°N 7.0019°E / 47.5297; 7.0019Coordinates: 47°31′47″N 7°00′07″E / 47.5297°N 7.0019°E / 47.5297; 7.0019
Country France
Region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Territoire de Belfort
Arrondissement Belfort
Canton Delle
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Jacques Alexandre
Area1 5.18 km2 (2.00 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,394
 • Density 270/km2 (700/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 90056 /90100
Elevation 349–401 m (1,145–1,316 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.

Joncherey is a commune in the Territoire de Belfort department in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in northeastern France.

Start of World War I[edit]

The first fatalities on the Western Front of World War I occurred in this village on 2 August 1914, one day before the formal declaration of war between Germany and France. French soldier Jules André Peugeot was stationed in the village of Joncherey, southeast of Belfort, when he challenged a German army patrol, which had crossed the border. Peugeot commanded the Germans to stop and declared them under arrest. In response, the German officer commanding the patrol, Albert Mayer, pulled out his revolver and fired, hitting Peugeot in the shoulder. Despite his wound, Peugeot fired with his pistol at Mayer but missed. Peugeot's comrades then fired repeatedly at Mayer, killing him. Peugeot, severely wounded, returned to his billet, where he died from his injuries.

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