|Canton||Vitry-le-François-Champagne et Der|
|Intercommunality||Vitry, Champagne et Der|
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Jean-Pierre Bouquet|
|6.45 km2 (2.49 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,800/km2 (4,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Vitry-le-François (French: [vitʁi lə fʁɑ̃swa] ) is a commune in the Marne department in northeastern France. It is located on the Marne River and is the western terminus of the Marne–Rhine Canal.
In 1142, Louis VII invaded Champagne and seized Vitry-le-François. Over a thousand residents were killed when the town's church was set ablaze.
The present town is a relatively recent construction, having been built in 1545 at the behest of King Francis who wished to replace, on a new site, Vitry-en-Perthois, which in 1544 had been entirely destroyed as part of the backwash from the king's Italian War of 1542–46.The new Vitry was to be a modern city, constructed according to a plan produced by Girolamo Marini. The king's role in its creation resulted in Vitry-le-François receiving the king's name as part of its own name.
At the beginning of World War I in August 1914, Joseph Joffre established the Grand Quartier Général at the Place Royer-Collard.
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