Wattignies-la-Victoire

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Coordinates: 50°12′05″N4°00′48″E / 50.2014°N 4.0133°E / 50.2014; 4.0133 Coordinates: 50°12′05″N4°00′48″E / 50.2014°N 4.0133°E / 50.2014; 4.0133
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Nord
Arrondissement Avesnes-sur-Helpe
Canton Fourmies
Intercommunality Cœur de l'Avesnois
Government
  Mayor (2014-2020) Jean Lévêque
Area
1
6.31 km2 (2.44 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01) [1]
255
  Density40/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
59649 /59680
Elevation147–205 m (482–673 ft)
(avg. 206 m or 676 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Wattignies-la-Victoire is a commune in the Nord department of northern France. It is close to the site of the Battle of Wattignies, fought in 1793 during the French Revolutionary Wars, in which the French scored a victory over Austria.

The commune is a level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes are analogous to civil townships and incorporated municipalities in the United States and Canada, Gemeinden in Germany, comuni in Italy or ayuntamiento in Spain. The United Kingdom has no exact equivalent, as communes resemble districts in urban areas, but are closer to parishes in rural areas where districts are much larger. Communes are based on historical geographic communities or villages and are vested with significant powers to manage the populations and land of the geographic area covered. The communes are the fourth-level administrative divisions of France.

France Republic with mainland in Europe and numerous oversea territories

France, officially the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the east, and Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's 18 integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and a total population of 67.3 million. France, a sovereign state, is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and Nice.

Battle of Wattignies battle

The Battle of Wattignies saw a Republican French army commanded by Jean-Baptiste Jourdan attack a Coalition army directed by Prince Josias of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. After two days of combat Jourdan's troops compelled the Habsburg Austrian covering force led by François Sébastien Charles Joseph de Croix, Count of Clerfayt to withdraw. The War of the First Coalition victory allowed the French to raise the Siege of Maubeuge. At a time when failed generals were often executed or imprisoned, Jourdan had to endure interference from Lazare Carnot from the Committee of Public Safety. The village, renamed Wattignies-la-Victoire in honor of the important success, is located 9 kilometres (6 mi) southeast of Maubeuge.

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Heraldry

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Arms of Wattignies-la-Victoire
The arms of Wattignies-la-Victoire are blazoned  :

Gules, a bend vair. (Neuf-Mesnil and Wattignies-la-Victoire use the same arms.)

Population

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2006261    
2007270+3.4%
2008269−0.4%
2009263−2.2%
2010258−1.9%
2011254−1.6%
2012250−1.6%
2013244−2.4%
2014243−0.4%
2015241−0.8%
2016244+1.2%

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References

  1. "Populations légales 2016". INSEE . Retrieved 25 April 2019.