Fleury-devant-Douaumont

Fleury-devant-Douaumont (French pronunciation: ​[flœʁi dəvɑ̃ dwomɔ̃], literally Fleury before Douaumont) is a commune in the Meuse department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.

Fleury-devant-Douaumont
Sign indicating the site of the destroyed village
Sign indicating the site of the destroyed village
Coat of arms of Fleury-devant-Douaumont
Location of Fleury-devant-Douaumont
Fleury-devant-Douaumont is located in France
Fleury-devant-Douaumont
Fleury-devant-Douaumont
Fleury-devant-Douaumont is located in Grand Est
Fleury-devant-Douaumont
Fleury-devant-Douaumont
Coordinates: 49°11′53″N 5°25′44″E / 49.19801°N 5.42883°E / 49.19801; 5.42883Coordinates: 49°11′53″N 5°25′44″E / 49.19801°N 5.42883°E / 49.19801; 5.42883
CountryFrance
RegionGrand Est
DepartmentMeuse
ArrondissementVerdun
CantonBelleville-sur-Meuse
IntercommunalityCA Grand Verdun
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Jean-Pierre Laparra
Area
1
10.27 km2 (3.97 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[1]
0
 • Density0.0/km2 (0.0/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
55189 /55100
Elevation227–390 m (745–1,280 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

During the Battle of Verdun in 1916 it was captured and recaptured by the Germans and French 16 times. Since then, it has been unoccupied (official population: 0), as have the communes of Bezonvaux, Beaumont-en-Verdunois, Haumont-près-Samogneux, Louvemont-Côte-du-Poivre and Cumières-le-Mort-Homme.

HistoryEdit

During the war, the town was completely destroyed and the land rendered so uninhabitable that officials decided not to rebuild it. As the land around the municipality was polluted with corpses, ammunition, explosives and poisonous gas, it was deemed too contaminated for farming to resume. The site is maintained as a testimony to war and is officially designated as a "village that died for France." It is managed by a municipal council of three members appointed by the prefect of the Meuse department.

Before the war Fleury was a village of 422 engaged in agriculture and woodworking. Today, it is a wooded area next to the Verdun Memorial. Arrows guide visitors to where the streets and houses used to be.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.