Meuse (department)

Meuse (French pronunciation: [møz] (listen)) is a department in northeast France, named after the River Meuse. Meuse is part of the current region of Grand Est and is surrounded by the French departments of Ardennes, Marne, Haute-Marne, Vosges, Meurthe-et-Moselle, and has a short border with Belgium on the north. Parts of Meuse belong to Parc naturel régional de Lorraine. Front lines in trench warfare during World War I ran varying courses through the department and it hosted an important battle/offensive in 1916 in and around Verdun.

Meuse
Prefecture building of the Meuse department, in Bar-le-Duc
Location of Meuse in France
Coordinates: 49°00′N 05°20′E
CountryFrance
RegionGrand Est
PrefectureBar-le-Duc
SubprefecturesCommercy
Verdun
Government
  President of the General CouncilClaude Léonard (LR)
Area
  Total6,211 km2 (2,398 sq mi)
Population
 (2017)
  Total187,187
  Rank89th
  Density30/km2 (78/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Meusiens, Meusiennes
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Department number55
Arrondissements3
Constituency2
Cantons17
Intercommunality15
Communes499
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2