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The city is surrounded by the Ardennes department. It is located at 6 km (3.7 mi) from the Belgian border and 50 km (31 mi) from Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland. The inhabitants of Charleville-Mézières are known as Charmois or Charmoises. History [ edit ] Charleville-Mézières was founded in 1071 when Eudes II, Duke of Burgundy built a castle on a rocky promontory where the Chiers River flows into the Meuse river. This fortress controlled an important trade route between Noyon and Liège, which later became part of one branch of what Napoleon Bonaparte called his "natural frontier" running through Charleville to Verdun via Saarbrücken:p35–37; this was defended by Fort de Battignies some miles upstream on another rock outcrop overhanging both rivers.