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Craonne is a commune in the Aisne department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.

Craonne
Commune
The town hall of Craonne
The town hall of Craonne
Coat of arms of Craonne
Coat of arms
Craonne is located in France
Craonne
Craonne
Coordinates: 49°26′27″N 3°47′15″E / 49.4408°N 3.7875°E / 49.4408; 3.7875Coordinates: 49°26′27″N 3°47′15″E / 49.4408°N 3.7875°E / 49.4408; 3.7875
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Aisne
Arrondissement Laon
Canton Guignicourt
Intercommunality Chemin des Dames
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Noël Genteur
Area1 8.62 km2 (3.33 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 68
 • Density 7.9/km2 (20/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 02234 /02160
Elevation 59–192 m (194–630 ft)
(avg. 183 m or 600 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

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HistoryEdit

It was the site of the Napoleonic Battle of Craonne in 1814. The former town was totally destroyed by artillery in World War I and is now an arboretum; today's town was rebuilt in the 1920s.

GeographyEdit

The river Ailette forms part of the commune's northern border.

PopulationEdit

Year Pop. ±%
1962 150 —    
1968 140 −6.7%
1975 96 −31.4%
1982 78 −18.8%
1990 68 −12.8%
1999 67 −1.5%
2008 68 +1.5%

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