Meuse

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Meuse
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Coat of Arms de la Meuse


Details
Information
Number55
RegionLorraine
PrefectureBar-le-Duc
SubprefectureCommercy
Verdun
Population


 - Total (1999)
 - Density

Ranked 88th


192,198


31 /km²
Area6,211 km²
Arrondissements3
Cantons31
Communes498
President of the
general council
Christian Namy
Location
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Location of de la Meuse in France

Meuse is a département in northeast France, named after the Meuse River.

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History

Meuse is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from the former province of Lorraine.

The department was one of the great battlefields of World War I. An important battle was fought in 1916 at Verdun.

Geography

Meuse is part of the current region of Lorraine and is surrounded by the French departments of Ardennes, Marne, Haute-Marne, Vosges, Meurthe-et-Moselle, and Belgium on the north.

The important rivers are the following:

  • Meuse
  • Aire
  • Chier
  • Orlain
  • Saulx
  • Orge
  • Oignon
  • Vaise

Demographics

The population has decreased sharply since the 19th century, with the rural exodus to the cities.

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