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Longuyon, a small town with around 5,500 inhabitants, has been Pirna’s twin town in France since 1980. Located by the border with Belgium and Luxembourg in the department of Meurthe-et-Moselle, the Chiers, a tributary of the Meuse, runs through the town. Small and medium-sized businesses, such as workshops producing stoneware, shape the economy of the commune.

Tourist attractions in Longuyon include a church from the 13th century and an original Indian Totem pole which was gifted to the town by the Canadian armed forces who were stationed there until 1967. The nearby fortifications of the former Maginot Line keep the memory of those unfortunate periods in history alive.

Milestones in the history of the twinned towns

1980Pirna and Longuyon sign their certificate of friendship
1987The first Pirna youth delegation visits Longuyon
1989A youth delegation from Longuyon visits Pirna to celebrate Bastille Day
1992A youth delegation from Longuyon visits Pirna to celebRepresentatives from Longuyon take part in the trade fair in Pirnarate Bastille Day
1998Pirna and Longuyon sign the certificate attesting to their twin town status
2012Longuyon and Pirna delegations make a joint visit to the German Bundestag
201535-year anniversary of the partnership