Les Éparges

Les Éparges is a commune in the Meuse department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.

A ridge to the east of the village was the site of a fierce battle during World War I, and there are many memorials and monuments in the area.

Les Éparges
Location of Les Éparges
Les Éparges is located in France
Les Éparges
Les Éparges
Les Éparges is located in Grand Est
Les Éparges
Les Éparges
Coordinates: 49°03′57″N 5°35′41″E / 49.0658°N 5.5947°ECoordinates: 49°03′57″N 5°35′41″E / 49.0658°N 5.5947°E
CountryFrance
RegionGrand Est
DepartmentMeuse
ArrondissementVerdun
CantonÉtain
IntercommunalityCommunauté de communes du Canton de Fresnes en Woëvre
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Bernard Pancher
Area
1
9.52 km2 (3.68 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
70
 • Density7.4/km2 (19/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
55172 /55160
Elevation255–382 m (837–1,253 ft)
(avg. 267 m or 876 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

See also

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
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