Charleville-Mézières is a commune
Communes of France
The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes are roughly equivalent to incorporated municipalities or villages in the United States or Gemeinden in Germany...

 in northern France, capital of the Ardennes department in the Champagne-Ardenne
Champagne-Ardenne is one of the 27 regions of France. It is located in the northeast of the country, bordering Belgium, and consists of four departments: Aube, Ardennes, Haute-Marne, and Marne. The region is famous for its sparkling white wine . Its rivers, most of which flow west, include the...

Régions of France
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. Charleville-Mézières is located on the banks of the Meuse River
Meuse River
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The commune of Charleville-Mézières was created in 1966 by the administrative grouping of five former communes, which already formed a single agglomeration
In the study of human settlements, an urban agglomeration is an extended city or town area comprising the built-up area of a central place and any suburbs linked by continuous urban area. In France, INSEE the French Statistical Institute, translate it as "Unité urbaine" which means continuous...

. 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 51,000.



A marionette festival (French: Le festival des marionnettes) has been held there every three years since 1961. However, starting from 2011 marks its transition to a bi-annual event. There is also a giant marionette incorporated into a building, displaying a little show every 15 minutes when working normally.

The poet Arthur Rimbaud
Arthur Rimbaud
Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud was a French poet. Born in Charleville, Ardennes, he produced his best known works while still in his late teens—Victor Hugo described him at the time as "an infant Shakespeare"—and he gave up creative writing altogether before the age of 21. As part of the decadent...

 (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.


City buses are run by TAC, Transports de l’Agglomération de Charleville-Mézières. The Gare de Charleville-Mézières
Gare de Charleville-Mézières
Gare de Charleville-Mézières is a railway station serving the town Charleville-Mézières, Ardennes department, northeastern France.-Services:-References:*...

 railway station offers connections to Paris (by TGV), Reims, Lille, Metz and regional destinations.

Twin towns

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, Germany Nordhausen
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, Germany Iida
Iida, Nagano
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, Japan

See also

  • Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard
    Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard
    Pierre Terrail LeVieux, seigneur de Bayard was a French soldier, generally known as the Chevalier de Bayard. Throughout the centuries since his death, he has been known as "the knight without fear and beyond reproach"...

  • Clément-Bayard
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  • Communes of the Ardennes department

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