The town hall in Mortagne
|• Mayor (2005–2008–2014)||Lionel Leclerc|
|22.2 km2 (8.6 sq mi)|
|• Density||7.7/km2 (20/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||341–654 m (1,119–2,146 ft) |
(avg. 460 m or 1,510 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
It shares its name with the eponymous river which borders the commune on its south-eastern side.
The commune is positioned on undulating lower slopes of the Vosges Mountains. The settlements in the commune are dispersed across various hamlets that include l'Orme, le Bout du Dessus, le Bout du Milieu and le Bout du Dessous. The commune is crossed by the little River Mossoux, a tributary of the Mortagne which itself feeds into the Meurthe. Much of the valley here remains wild and uncultivated: the last farm on the route to the forest is called 'The End of the World'.
For many years there was a widespread belief that the name was of Roman origin, related to the name 'Mauritania', being a reference to an encampment of a Moorish regiment during the closing centuries of the Roman Empire period: this belief is now discredited.
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