town, Haute-Marne departement, Champagne-Ardenne region, northeastern France, on the Marne River and the Canal de la Marne a la Saone, northeast of Troyes. On the site of the Roman Desiderii Fanum, its Gigny and Saint-Martin churches date from the 13th century. The Church of Notre-Dame was reconstructed after a fire (1775). A monument commemorates the heroic resistance of Francis I to the forces of Emperor Charles V in 1544. An iron- and bronze-founding town, it has other heavy industry as well as textile manufacturing and food processing. Pop. (1999) 30,900; (2005 est.) 27,000.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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