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There are 4 arrondissements in the Ardennes department. The French departments, and in other countries, are divided into arrondissements, which may be translated into English as districts (in some cases, as boroughs). The capital of an arrondissement is called a subprefecture.

If the prefecture (capital) of the department is in an arrondissement, that prefecture is the capital of the arrondissement, acting both as a prefecture and as a subprefecture.

Arrondissements are further divided into communes.

The 4 arrondissements of the Ardennes department are:

Arrondissements of the Ardennes
Arrondissement Capital Population
081 Charleville-Mézières Charleville-Mézières 160,939 1,825.3 88.2 160
082 Rethel Rethel 37,142 1,199.7 31.0 101
083 Sedan Sedan 59,584 792.2 75.2 73
084 Vouziers Vouziers 22,050 1,412.2 15.6 118


Since its creation, the Ardennes department has had some changes:

  • 1790 : creation of the Ardennes department with six districts: Charleville, Grandpré, Rethel, Rocroi, Sedan and Vouziers.
  • 1800 : creation of the arrondissements: Mézières, Rethel, Rocroi, Sedan and Vouziers.
  • 1926 : the arrondissements of Rocroi and Sedan were eliminated.
  • 1942 : Sedan is again an arrondissement of the department.

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