Villers-le-Sec, Meuse

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Villers-le-Sec is located in France
Location within Grand Est region
Villers-le-Sec is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 48°37′14″N 5°17′47″E / 48.6205°N 5.2965°E / 48.6205; 5.2965Coordinates: 48°37′14″N 5°17′47″E / 48.6205°N 5.2965°E / 48.6205; 5.2965
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Meuse
Arrondissement Bar-le-Duc
Canton Ligny-en-Barrois
Intercommunality Haute Saulx
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Dominique Karp
Area1 7 km2 (3 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 135
 • Density 19/km2 (50/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 55562 /55500

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Villers-le-Sec is a commune in the Meuse department in Grand Est in north-eastern France. Its epithet "Sec" (dry) comes from the fact that no rivers pass through Villers-le-Sec, which is located on the plateau between the rivers Ornain and Saulx. However, the village is not completely deprived of water since it is located above a water table and there are many ponds.


Villers-le-Sec had more than 500 inhabitants in the middle of the 19th century,[1] when an iron mine was operated near the village. Forestry remains a significant resource today. The only industry which remains today is a distillery, which produces mirabelle brandy during the low season.

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