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Ardennes is a department in the northeast part of Francemarker named after the Ardennesmarker area.


The department is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was named after the Ardennesmarker hills, which are located in northeast France, southern Belgiummarker and Luxembourgmarker. It is constituted of parts of the former provinces of Champagne and Argonne (Celtic: "Ar Gonn", meaning "deep forest") , and the principality of Sedanmarker.

Origins: The name of "Ardennes" ("Ar Denn", from Celtic : "the forest") was first mentioned by Julius Caesar who talked in his "War of Gaules" about a celtic female god, who was named "Arduinna" (warrior god usually painted as riding a wild boar).

The area has been the location of much fighting, both in World War I and World War II, such as the Battle of the Ardennes and the Battle of the Bulge.


The department is surrounded by the French departments of Meusemarker, Marnemarker, and Aisnemarker and by Belgium on the north.

Situated in the Ardennesmarker uplands on the border with Belgiummarker, the department of Ardennes includes many areas of very dense woodland.

The principal river is the Meuse Rivermarker.


The President of the General Council is Benoît Huré of the Union for a Popular Movement.

Party seats
Union for a Popular Movement 20
Socialist Partymarker 8
Miscellaneous Right 5
Miscellaneous Left 3
MoDem 1

Famous "Ardennais"


The population of Ardennes has been in steady decrease since 1982 due to exodus to the cities. With 290,000 people (a density of 55/km²), it is one of France's least-populated regions.

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