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Coat of arms of Choisy-au-Bac
Choisy-au-Bac (France)
region Hauts-de-France
Department Oise
Arrondissement Compiègne
Canton Compiègne-1
Community association Région de Compiègne et de la Basse Automne
Coordinates 49 ° 26 '  N , 2 ° 53'  E Coordinates: 49 ° 26 '  N , 2 ° 53'  E
height 31–112 m
surface 15.86 km 2
Residents 3,291 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 208 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 60750
INSEE code

Choisy-au-Bac is a French municipality with 3291 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the department of Oise in the region of Hauts-de-France . It belongs to the Arrondissement of Compiègne and the canton of Compiègne-1 .


Choisy-au-Bac is located northeast of Compiègne on the north bank of the Aisne , just before its confluence with the Oise .

Neighboring communities

Janville Le Plessis-Brion Forêt de Laigue
Clairoix Neighboring communities Rethondes
Compiègne Forêt de Compiègne Forêt de Compiègne


During the Merovingian era , one of the three royal residences in the Oise valley, the Villa Cauciacum , stood here alongside Compiègne and Quierzy . King Childebert III. died here in 711 and was buried in the local St. Stephen's Church. In 783 Bertrada the Younger died in Choisy, the mother of Charlemagne . Alcuin , the tutor of Charlemagne, visited the nearby Saint-Etienne abbey several times. This monastery then owned the Villa Cauciacum at the time of Louis the Pious , before the place was given to the Saint-Médard monastery in Soissons . In 896 the Normans settled in Choisy and used the place as a base from which they could burn Compiègne. It was not until 911 that King Charles the Simple could bring the property back into his hands.

The Clairière de l'Armistice, site of the armistice of 1918 and 1940

In the 11th century, Choisy was a fortress that belonged to the Counts of Vermandois and from which the crossing over the Aisne was secured, to which a bridge first mentioned in 1248 belonged, which gave the place its strategic importance in the Middle Ages. Under King Philip II , Choisy was again part of the Domaine royal , and his successor Philip IV finally gave it to the Le Val-des-Écoliers monastery . The castle that secured the river crossing no longer existed at the end of the 16th century.

In the 19th century, a suspension bridge with a span of 48 meters led from Choisy-au-Bac over the Aisne . It was built in 1836 by Marc Seguin (1786–1875), but demolished again in 1850. It was replaced by a tension arch bridge, which, however, was blown up in the first months of the war in 1915 by the French defenders of the place.

South of the room with belonging to the municipality of the village Francesco port beyond the Aisne, the Clairière de l'Armistice ( "Armistice clearing"), on the 1918 surrender of the German Reich at the end of World War I was signed and in the Second World War in 1940, the fall of France in relation to the German Reich.

Population development

1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2013
1,593 1,671 1,842 2,313 3,786 3,573 3,475 3,366
Sources: Cassini and INSEE


See also: List of Monuments historiques in Choisy-au-Bac

  • Château du Francport

Town twinning


  • Dietrich Lohrmann: Trois palais royaux de la vallée de l'Oise d'après les travaux des érudits mauristes: Compiègne, Choisy-au-Bac et Quierzy. In: Francia 4 (1976) pp 121-139
  • Bernd Remmler: Searching for Traces: The Carolingians - The Disappeared Palaces of Charlemagne. 2010 ISBN 978-3-86805-798-0 .

Web links

Commons : Choisy-au-Bac  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Source: ex "RF" collection (Detlef Dähn), in the Weltbildarchiv Berlin