Meaux 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 the Seine-et-Marne
Seine-et-Marne is a French department, named after the Seine and Marne rivers, and located in the Île-de-France region.- History:Seine-et-Marne is one of the original 83 departments, created on March 4, 1790 during the French Revolution in application of the law of December 22, 1789...

 department in the Île-de-France
Île-de-France (région)
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Régions of France
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 in the metropolitan area
Aire urbaine
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 of Paris
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, France
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. It is located 41.1 km (25.5 mi) east-northeast from the center of Paris
Kilometre Zero
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. Meaux is a sub-prefecture of the department and the seat of an arondissement. Although it is the most populous commune in the Seine-et-Marne, it is not the capital, which is Melun
Melun is a commune in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France. Located in the south-eastern suburbs of Paris, Melun is the capital of the department, as the seat of an arrondissement...



Meaux is known for Brie de Meaux
Brie de Meaux
Brie de Meaux is a French brie cheese of the Brie region and a designated AOC product since 1980. Its name comes from the Brie region and the town of Meaux. As of 2003, 6,774 tonnes were produced.-Description:...

 (a variety of Brie cheese
Brie (cheese)
Brie is a soft cow's cheese named after Brie, the French region from which it originated . It is pale in color with a slight grayish tinge under a rind of white mold; very soft and savory with a hint of ammonia...

) and the local variety of mustard
Mustard (condiment)
Mustard is a condiment made from the seeds of a mustard plant...


A couple of good festivals, venues for live music and exhibitions:"Musée Bossuet", Music Festival "Musik'elles", recording studios/Concert hall/Alternative culture exhibitions: "Eightball Society Studios").


Meaux is served by Meaux station on the Transilien Paris – Est
Transilien Paris – Est
Transilien Paris – Est is one of the sectors in the Paris Transilien suburban rail network. The trains on this sector depart from Gare de l'Est in central Paris...

 suburban rail line and on several national rail lines.


  • Joop Zoetemelk
    Joop Zoetemelk
    Hendrik Gerardus Jozef "Joop" Zoetemelk is a retired professional racing cyclist from the Netherlands who has emigrated to France. He started the Tour de France 16 times and finished every time, a record. He won the race in 1980 and also came eighth, fifth, fourth and second...

     -cyclist. Zoetemelk and his French wife owned and operated a hotel in Meaux.
  • L'aigle de Meaux - fictional character. L'aigle (sometimes known as Bossuet) was a character in Victor Hugo
    Victor Hugo
    Victor-Marie Hugo was a Frenchpoet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights activist and exponent of the Romantic movement in France....

    's Les Miserables
    Les Misérables
    Les Misérables , translated variously from the French as The Miserable Ones, The Wretched, The Poor Ones, The Wretched Poor, or The Victims), is an 1862 French novel by author Victor Hugo and is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century...

    . In the book, he petitioned for a post office to be created in Meaux.
  • Olivier N'Siabamfumu
    Olivier N'Siabamfumu
    Olivier Muntenau N'Siabamfumu is a French footballer who plays for Colmar.-Club career:N'Siabamfumu started his professional career at Stade Rennais F.C. without playing. He then caught the eye of Italian side Ascoli. N'Siabamfumu's first season was not successful since he had a serious injury and...

  • Chris Mavinga
    Chris Mavinga
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  • Eric Judor,actor and comedien
  • Henry V
    Henry V of England
    Henry V was King of England from 1413 until his death at the age of 35 in 1422. He was the second monarch belonging to the House of Lancaster....

    , the English king died here.
  • John de Cheam, died and buried here


Meaux was the capital of the ancient Gaul
Gaul was a region of Western Europe during the Iron Age and Roman era, encompassing present day France, Luxembourg and Belgium, most of Switzerland, the western part of Northern Italy, as well as the parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the left bank of the Rhine. The Gauls were the speakers of...

ish tribe of the Meldi.

The Siege of Meaux was fought in 1422 between the English, under Henry V, and the French during the Hundred Years' War. The town's defence was led by the Bastard of Vaurus, by all accounts cruel and evil, but a brave commander all the same. The siege commenced in October and mining and bombardment soon brought down the walls. Casualties began to mount in the English army, including John Clifford, 7th Baron de Clifford
John Clifford, 7th Baron de Clifford
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 who had been at the siege of Harfleur, the Battle of Agincourt, and received the surrender of Cherbourg. The English also began to fall sick rather early into the siege, and it is estimated that one sixteenth of the besiegers died from dysentery and smallpox. On 9 March 1422, the town surrendered, although the garrison held out. Under continued bombardment, the garrison gave in as well on 10 March, following a siege of 8 months. The Bastard of Vaurus was decapitated, as was a trumpeter named Orace, who had once mocked Henry.

See also

  • Count of Meaux
  • Diocese of Meaux
    Diocese of Meaux
    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Meaux, is a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic church in France. The diocese comprises the entire department of Seine-et-Marne...

  • Meaux Abbey
    Meaux Abbey
    Meaux Abbey was a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1151 by William le Gros, 1st Earl of Albemarle , Earl of York and 4th lord of Holderness, near Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire....

     (UK) (map)
  • Battle of Mello
    Battle of Mello
    The Battle of Mello was the decisive and largest engagement of the Peasant Jacquerie of 1358, a rebellion of peasants in the Beauvais region of France, which caused an enormous amount of damage to this wealthy region at the height of the Hundred Years War with England...

  • Brie (cheese)
    Brie (cheese)
    Brie is a soft cow's cheese named after Brie, the French region from which it originated . It is pale in color with a slight grayish tinge under a rind of white mold; very soft and savory with a hint of ammonia...

  • Communes of the Seine-et-Marne department

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