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Coordinates: 49°46′19″N 4°42′58″E / 49.771911°N 4.716122°E / 49.771911; 4.716122

Commune of Charleville-Mézières

La place Ducale in 2009
Charleville-Mézières is located in France
Country France
Region Champagne-Ardenne
Department Ardennes
Arrondissement Charleville-Mézières
Intercommunality Cœur d'Ardennes
Mayor Claudine Ledoux
Elevation 133–323 m (440–1,060 ft)
(avg. 148 m/490 ft)
Land area1 31.44 km2 (12.14 sq mi)
Population2 51,300  (2005)
 - Density 1,632 /km2 (4,230 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 08105/ 08000
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Charleville-Mézières is a commune in northern France, capital of the Ardennes department in the Champagne-Ardenne region. Charleville-Mézières is located on the banks of the Meuse River.

La place Ducale in 2009



The commune of Charleville-Mézières was created in 1966 by the administrative grouping of five former communes, which already formed a single agglomeration. These communes were: Charleville, Étion, Mézières (former préfecture), Mohon and Montcy-Saint-Pierre. Another commune, Le Theux, had already been included into Mézières in 1965. It has a population of about 60,000.

The poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854–1891) was born in Charleville. The Musée Rimbaud (Rimbaud museum) is located in the old water mill (Le Vieux Moulin) to the north of the town.

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