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Coat of arms of Saint-Nicolas-de-Port
Coat of arms
Saint-Nicolas-de-Port is located in France
Coordinates: 48°37′54″N 6°18′11″E / 48.6317°N 6.3031°E / 48.6317; 6.3031Coordinates: 48°37′54″N 6°18′11″E / 48.6317°N 6.3031°E / 48.6317; 6.3031
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Meurthe-et-Moselle
Arrondissement Nancy
Canton Jarville-la-Malgrange
Intercommunality Pays du Sel et du Vermois
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Luc Binsinger
Area1 8.23 km2 (3.18 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 7,505
 • Density 910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 54483 /54210
Elevation 201–292 m (659–958 ft)
(avg. 232 m or 761 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.

Saint-Nicolas-de-Port is a commune in the Meurthe-et-Moselle département in north-eastern France.

The town's basilica, Saint Nicolas is a pilgrimage site, supposedly holding relics of Saint Nicholas brought from Italy. It is one of France's Monuments historiques, and a minor basilica since 1950.

The town's inhabitants are known as Portois. In the past, the Portois were known as loudmouths; their neighbours across the Meurthe at Varangéville liked to gather on the opposite river bank to bombard them with a chorus indicating a wish to defecate in their mouths:

Booyaî d'Senn 'Colais,
Tend tet ghieule quand je...

which in the local Lorrain dialect means:

Loudmouths of St Nicks,
Open your gob when I'm taking a...[1]

St Nicholas-de-Port is also known for fossil remains of very early (late Triassic) ancestral mammals.

Basilica of Saint-Nicolas-de-Port

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  1. ^ Graham Robb, The Discovery of France, p37, Picador (2007), ISBN 978-0-330-42761-6, citing Vital Collet "Sobriquets caractérisant les habitants de villages lorrains" in Le Pays lorrain, Nancy (1908), pp442-449 and Henri-Adolphe Labourasse, "Anciens us, coutumes, légendes, supersititions, préjugés, etc. du département de la Meuse" in Mémoires de la Société des lettres, sciences et art de Bar-le-Duc, 1902, pp3-225