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Neufchâteau (Municipality, Vosges, France)

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Flag of Neufchâteau, current and former versions - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 7 September 2020

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Presentation of Neufchâteau

The municipality of Neufchâteau (6,642 inhabitants in 2018; 2,391 ha) is located at the confluence of rivers Meuse and Mouzon, dominating the Vosges Plain.

Neufchâteau was known as Noviomagus during the Roman period, when it was a market town along the Pretorian road connecting Lyon with Trier. In 1094 Thierry, son of the Duke Gerard I built a castle here. In 1231 Neufchâteau was the first town in Lorraine to receive town privileges. Duke Matthew II granted Neufchâteau a charter that included the right to appoint thirteen people to undertake the functions of a jury, and to elect a mayor.
The final decades of the neighbouring Duchy of Burgundy were a particularly troubled period for Lorraine; as a main administrative centre, Neufchâteau was invaded and occupied by a Burgundian garrison in 1436 and again in 1476. After the fall of Burgundy, French influence over Lorraine turned into control. Richelieu ordered the destruction of the town walls at Neufchâteau, which became formally French along with the rest of Lorraine in 1766 after the death of Duke Stanislas.

Olivier Touzeau, 7 September 2020

Flag of Neufchâteau

The flag of Neufchâteau (photo) is white with the municipal logo adopted in 2018. The former flag of Neufchâteau (photo) was white with the former municipal logo.

Olivier Touzeau, 7 September 2020