Châlons-en-Champagne, lying just over 100 miles east of Paris, is the regional capital of both the department of Marne and the Champagne-Ardenne region.
The city has convenient rail links with the rest of the country and is just over 90 minutes from Paris on the local TER service and just 1 hour away by TGV. Châlons is also accessible via Paris Vatry international airport.
Set in the heart of Champagne-Ardenne, Châlons-en-Champagne, a town classified as a "City of Art and History" in 2007, has long been a major economic hub in northern Europe, thanks to its strategic position on the Marne and the Via Agrippa, the Roman road which connected Rome to Boulogne-sur-Mer.
For several years, culture has been at the centre of the town’s development, which isis now home to La Comète National Stage along with a number of festivals. The town has also been home to the National Centre for Arts and Circus (CNAC) since 1984.
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Suippes lies 23 miles away from Châlons-en-Champagne in a region known as "La Champagne Crayeuse” and is home to the second largest military camp in France. The Centre d’interprétation Marne 14-18, set up in 2007, retraces the history of the region, marked by the First World War.
Mourmelon-le-Grand has strong ties with the conflicts of previous centuries. The military camp, set up by Napoleon III, has a wealth of treasures to offer, just as its “pilot” farms aimed to offer a wealth of food and to advance agriculture in the region.Several neighbouring localities (Mourmelon-le-Petit, Bouy, Vadenay, Baconnes, etc.) together form an area known as “La Mourmelonnie”.