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The town hall in Maizières-lès-Metz
The town hall in Maizières-lès-Metz
Coat of arms of Maizières-lès-Metz
Coat of arms
Maizières-lès-Metz is located in France
Location within Grand Est region
Maizières-lès-Metz is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 49°12′45″N 6°09′42″E / 49.2125°N 6.1617°E / 49.2125; 6.1617Coordinates: 49°12′45″N 6°09′42″E / 49.2125°N 6.1617°E / 49.2125; 6.1617
RegionGrand Est
CantonLe Sillon Mosellan
IntercommunalityCommunauté de communes de Maizières-lès-Metz
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gérard Terrier
Area18.92 km2 (3.44 sq mi)
Population (2006)29,855
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code57433 /57280
Elevation159–206 m (522–676 ft)
(avg. 164 m or 538 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.

Maizières-lès-Metz (Lorrain: Mach'ire) is a commune in the Moselle department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.

It was the original home of the now German de Maizière family which, being Huguenots, had to emigrate from France to Prussia in the 17th century. Preserving the name of their original home up to the present, prominent members of the family include Lothar de Maizière, last Prime Minister of the German Democratic Republic, the politician Thomas de Maizière and the general Ulrich de Maizière.

From 1871-1918, as part of Alsace-Lorraine, Maizières belonged to Germany as Maizières-bei-Metz. Between 1915-18 the town's name was briefly Germanized to Macheren. During the German occupation from 1940-44 it was known as Machern-bei-Metz.

The amusement park Walygator is located in Maizières-les-Metz.

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