La Ferté-Milon

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La Ferté-Milon
Coat of arms of La Ferté-Milon
Coat of arms
La Ferté-Milon is located in France
La Ferté-Milon
La Ferté-Milon
Coordinates: 49°10′42″N 3°07′26″E / 49.1783°N 3.1239°E / 49.1783; 3.1239Coordinates: 49°10′42″N 3°07′26″E / 49.1783°N 3.1239°E / 49.1783; 3.1239
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Aisne
Arrondissement Château-Thierry
Canton Neuilly-Saint-Front
Intercommunality Ourcq et Clignon
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean Clément
Area1 18.35 km2 (7.08 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 2,199
 • Density 120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 02307 /02460
Elevation 62–156 m (203–512 ft)
(avg. 67 m or 220 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.

La Ferté-Milon is a commune in the Aisne department in Hauts-de-France in northern France


In La Ferté-Milon stand the ruins of an unfinished castle, whose façade was 200 m long and 38 m high. The singular form of the tower walls was probably designed to resist cannons and protect the gate. The façade is preceded by a moat. On the right is a square tower of which two bare walls remain. The top of the ramparts is adorned with machicolation. Access to the town was protected by a former gate of which two towers remain.

Behind the ramparts, two 160 mm cannons from 1909 sit facing towards the valley. One is annotated in Russian with the number 5085.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,680 —    
1968 1,629 −3.0%
1975 1,695 +4.1%
1982 1,948 +14.9%
1990 2,208 +13.3%
1999 2,109 −4.5%
2008 2,284 +8.3%
2012 2,199 −3.7%


The tragedian Jean Racine was born in La Ferté-Milon on 21 December or 22 December 1639.

A statue of Racine as a child is located at the bottom of the paved Ruelle des rats. Nearby is a slate-roofed church with a square belfry with four turrets in each corner, one of which serves as a staircase.

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