Ligny-en-Barrois

Ligny-en-Barrois is a commune in the Meuse department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.

The town is in the arrondissement of Bar-le-Duc, beside the canal that links the Rivers Rhine and Marne, fifteen kilometres to the south east of Bar le Duc: it is the administrative seat of the canton Ligny-en-Barrois. The population comprises 5,035 inhabitants (1999) and the area of Ligny is 32.26 km². The inhabitants are called in French Linéens.

A principal employer is the French Evobus motor bus assembly plant. Ligny is also the home town of the Essilor company which specialises in ophthalmic lens production.

Ligny-en-Barrois
Location of Ligny-en-Barrois
Ligny-en-Barrois is located in France
Ligny-en-Barrois
Ligny-en-Barrois
Ligny-en-Barrois is located in Grand Est
Ligny-en-Barrois
Ligny-en-Barrois
Coordinates: 48°41′23″N 5°19′30″E / 48.6897°N 5.325°ECoordinates: 48°41′23″N 5°19′30″E / 48.6897°N 5.325°E
CountryFrance
RegionGrand Est
DepartmentMeuse
ArrondissementBar-le-Duc
CantonLigny-en-Barrois
Intercommunalitycommunauté de communes du Centre Ornain (C.C.C.O.)
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) J.-F. Muel
Area
1
32.7 km2 (12.6 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
4,201
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
55291 /55500
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Twin towns – sister cities

Ligny-en-Barrois is twinned with:

See also

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