Commercy (French pronunciation: [kɔmɛʁsi] (listen)) is a commune in the Meuse department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.[2] The 18th-century Lorraine historian Nicolas Luton Durival (1713–1795) was born in Commercy.

The castle
The castle
Coat of arms of Commercy
Location of Commercy
Commercy is located in France
Commercy is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 48°45′43″N 5°35′33″E / 48.7619°N 5.5926°E / 48.7619; 5.5926Coordinates: 48°45′43″N 5°35′33″E / 48.7619°N 5.5926°E / 48.7619; 5.5926
RegionGrand Est
IntercommunalityCommercy - Void - Vaucouleurs
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Jérôme Lefèvre
35.37 km2 (13.66 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2019)[1]
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
55122 /55200
Elevation227–280 m (745–919 ft)
(avg. 232 m or 761 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.


Commercy dates back to the 9th century, and at that time its lords were dependent on the bishop of Metz. In 1544 it was besieged by Charles V in person. For some time the lordship was in the hands of Jean François Paul de Gondi, cardinal de Retz, who lived in the town for a number of years, and there composed his memoirs. From him it was purchased by Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine. In 1744 it became the residence of Stanisław Leszczyński, king of Poland, who spent a great deal of care on the embellishment of the town, castle and neighbourhood.[3]

Commercy is the home of the Madeleines referred to by Marcel Proust in À la recherche du temps perdu.[4]

People from CommercyEdit

In fictionEdit

Commercy is the key location for action in the 1964 film The Train although this did not use the town for filming purposes.

Twin townsEdit

It is twinned with the German town of Hockenheim.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  2. ^ Commune de Commercy (55122), INSEE
  3. ^   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Commercy". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 6 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 773–774.
  4. ^ Proust, Marcel (1922). Du côté de chez Swann. À la recherche du temps perdu. Grasset and Gallimard.
  5. ^ Journal d'un prêtre lorrain pendant la Révolution (1791-1799). Hachette. 1912..

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