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In August 1870, France and Prussia clashed at the terrible Battle of Gravelotte. Following the French defeat by the Prussian Army in 1871, Lorraine lost autonomy over the majority of its territory and Nancy was occupied by German troops until the ratification of the Treaty of Frankfurt. The two warring nations were forced into a permanent confrontation on Lorraine soil for over forty years. General Séré de Rivières, inspired by the Vauban fortifications, put in place a second defensive system to protect Lorraine. Douaumont Fort, Meuse Heights (Hauts de Meuse) and the fortified village of Villey-le-Sec are perfect examples of these types of defensive works.

Sites and monuments

Relive the history of Lorraine on visits from remembrance sites to vestiges of heroic moments.