Vouziers

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Vouziers
Saint-Maurille
Coat of arms of Vouziers
Coat of arms
Vouziers is located in France
Vouziers
Vouziers
Coordinates: 49°23′50″N 4°41′54″E / 49.3972°N 4.6983°E / 49.3972; 4.6983Coordinates: 49°23′50″N 4°41′54″E / 49.3972°N 4.6983°E / 49.3972; 4.6983
Country France
Region Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine
Department Ardennes
Arrondissement Vouziers
Canton Vouziers, Attigny
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Claude Ancelme
Area1 42.48 km2 (16.40 sq mi)
Population (2013)2 4,456
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 08490 / 08400
Elevation 89–186 m (292–610 ft)
(avg. 148 m or 486 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.

Vouziers (French pronunciation: ​[vu.zje]) is a commune of the Ardennes department in northern France.

Vouziers is the burial place of the pioneer First World War fighter pilot Roland Garros, after whom the Stade Roland Garros in Paris (the location of the French Open tennis tournament) is named. Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (the future president of Czechoslovakia) fought at Vouziers with the Czechoslovak Legion in France; there is a monument to the legion, and the president's name given to the city lycee (high school).

The town was on the path of totality for the Solar eclipse of August 11, 1999. It hosted a major observation event. Because of its proximity to the Belgian border, it was gridlocked by visiting Belgian cars on the morning of the eclipse.

Geography[edit]

The river Aisne flows through Vouziers, doubled by a branch of the "canal des Ardennes".

The town lies between the Forest of Argonne, the pre-Ardennes, and Champagne, and near the Ardennes Massif (dense woodland). It is not far from Charleville-Mézières, Sedan (the largest medieval castle in Europe), Rocroi, Reims (where the kings of France were crowned), Châlons-en-Champagne, and Varennes-en-Argonne (where Louis XVI was arrested during the French Revolution). On 1 June 2016, the former communes Terron-sur-Aisne and Vrizy were merged into Vouziers.[1]

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 1,380 —    
1800 1,535 +11.2%
1806 1,951 +27.1%
1821 1,988 +1.9%
1831 2,003 +0.8%
1836 2,101 +4.9%
1841 2,410 +14.7%
1846 2,771 +15.0%
1851 2,862 +3.3%
1866 3,073 +7.4%
1872 3,059 −0.5%
1876 3,458 +13.0%
1881 3,453 −0.1%
1886 3,737 +8.2%
1891 3,808 +1.9%
1896 3,669 −3.7%
1901 3,546 −3.4%
1906 3,436 −3.1%
1911 3,591 +4.5%
1921 3,328 −7.3%
1926 3,475 +4.4%
1931 3,130 −9.9%
1936 3,314 +5.9%
1946 3,135 −5.4%
1954 3,423 +9.2%
1962 3,973 +16.1%
1968 4,569 +15.0%
1975 5,069 +10.9%
1982 4,953 −2.3%
1990 4,807 −2.9%
1999 4,742 −1.4%
2008 4,183 −11.8%

The inhabitants are called Vouzinois.

International relations[edit]

Vouziers is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 9 May 2016 (French)

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