Montcornet, Aisne

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A general view of Chaourse and Montcornet
A general view of Chaourse and Montcornet
Coat of arms of Montcornet
Coat of arms
Montcornet is located in France
Coordinates: 49°41′47″N 4°01′05″E / 49.6964°N 4.0181°E / 49.6964; 4.0181Coordinates: 49°41′47″N 4°01′05″E / 49.6964°N 4.0181°E / 49.6964; 4.0181
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Aisne
Arrondissement Laon
Canton Vervins
Intercommunality Portes de la Thiérache
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Guy Le Provost
Area1 5.74 km2 (2.22 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,634
 • Density 280/km2 (740/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 02502 /02340
Elevation 108–177 m (354–581 ft)
(avg. 112 m or 367 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.

Montcornet is a commune in the Aisne department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.

Battle of Montcornet[edit]

Main article: Battle of Montcornet

On 14 May 1940, Charles de Gaulle was given command of the new 4e Division cuirassée and ordered to execute a counterattack toward Montcornet, with the objective of slowing the German advance. This was one of the only counterattacks of the French campaign that succeeded in repulsing the German troops.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,439 —    
1968 1,486 +3.3%
1975 1,623 +9.2%
1982 1,781 +9.7%
1990 1,755 −1.5%
1999 1,690 −3.7%
2008 1,634 −3.3%

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