Vaucouleurs (French pronunciation: [vokulœʁ]) is a commune in the Meuse department, northeastern France. It is situated on the river Meuse, approximately 20 km (12 mi) from Toul and Commercy.[3]

Chapelle castrale
Chapelle castrale
Coat of arms of Vaucouleurs
Location of Vaucouleurs
Vaucouleurs is located in France
Vaucouleurs is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 48°36′09″N 5°39′57″E / 48.6025°N 5.6658°E / 48.6025; 5.6658
RegionGrand Est
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Francis Favé[1]
39 km2 (15 sq mi)
 • Density49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
55533 /55140
Elevation242–372 m (794–1,220 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

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Geoffrey de Geneville, 1st Baron Geneville (1225/33 – 21 October 1314) also known as Geoffrey de Joinville, was an Anglo-French noble, supporter of Henry III, who appointed him Baron of Trim, County Meath, Ireland. Geoffrey de Geneville was Seigneur of Vaucouleurs in Champagne, second son of Simon of Joinville and Beatrix d'Auxonne and younger brother of Jean de Joinville. Geoffrey's half-sister was wife to one of Eleanor of Provence's uncles, Peter of Savoy, earl of Richmond. Geoffrey was thus one of the "Savoyards" who arrived in England in the retinue of Eleanor at the time of her marriage to King Henry III in 1236.

Joan of Arc stayed in Vaucouleurs for several months during 1428 and 1429 while she sought permission to visit the royal court of Charles VII of France.

The 42nd "Rainbow" Infantry Division (United States) was temporarily located here, initially under the command of MG William A. Mann from November 1 - December 18 of 1917, to preliminarily train before transferring to an area between Lafauche and Rimaucourt during the initial stages of direct United States military, ground forces involvement in World War I.[4] Colonel Douglas MacArthur was the chief of staff under Mann for Rainbow Division, and he was stationed in Vaucouleurs during this same time period as well.[5]

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  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires" (in French)., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises. 4 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2021". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2023.
  3. ^ Quelques villes proches de Vaucouleurs,
  4. ^ James, D. Clayton (1 October 1970). The Years of MacArthur Volume 1 1880-1941 (1st ed.). Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Company. pp. 150–151. ISBN 978-0395109489. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  5. ^ James, D. Clayton (1 October 1970). The Years of MacArthur Volume 1 1880-1941 (1st ed.). Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Company. p. 149. ISBN 978-0395109489. Retrieved 1 January 2020.

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