Amifontaine

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Amifontaine
The Town Hall
The Town Hall
Amifontaine is located in France
Amifontaine
Amifontaine
Coordinates: 49°29′01″N 3°55′09″E / 49.4836°N 3.9192°E / 49.4836; 3.9192Coordinates: 49°29′01″N 3°55′09″E / 49.4836°N 3.9192°E / 49.4836; 3.9192
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Aisne
Arrondissement Laon
Canton Neufchâtel-sur-Aisne
Intercommunality Champagne Picarde
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Denis Serin
Area1 27.9 km2 (10.8 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 418
 • Density 15/km2 (39/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 02013 / 02190
Elevation 64–119 m (210–390 ft)
(avg. 80 m or 260 ft)

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.

Amifontaine is a French commune in the department of Aisne in the Picardy region of northern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Amifontenois or Amifontenoisess[1]

Geography[edit]

Amifontaine is located some 20 km south-east of Laon and 40 km north-west of Rheims. The Autoroute des Anglais (A25, E17) passes through the western side of the commune from north to south but has no exit in the commune. Access to the commune is by road D52 from Ramecourt in the north-west through the commune to the village and continuing south-east to Prouvais. There is also road D89 from La Malmaison in the north-east through the village to Juvincourt-et-Damary in the south-west. The D24 road also passes through the north of the commune from west to east forming the southern border of a large forested area extending beyond the northern border of the commune. The commune is almost entirely farmland except for the forested area in the north.[2]

La Source a l'Aisne rises north of the village and flows south-west joining La Miette stream which flows south to join the Aisne river near Pontavert.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]

Administration[edit]

List of Successive Mayors of Amifontaine[3]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2014 Philippe Bonnet DVG
2014 2020 Denis Serin

(Not all data is known)

History[edit]

12 Squadron check their maps on the airfield at Amifontaine
12 Squadron at Amifontaine

From 8 December 1939 to 16 May 1940 No. 12 Squadron RAF was stationed at an airstrip in Amifontaine.[4] On 12 May 1940 a mission was flown from Amifontaine to destroy two bridges over the Albert Canal. Only one out of five aircraft returned. Flying Officer Garland and Sergeant Gray were both awarded posthumous Victoria Crosses for "most conspicuous bravery".[5]

Demography[edit]

In 2010 the commune had 418 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the town since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of municipalities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Evolution of the Population (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
307 350 359 373 441 448 447 441 431
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
447 437 453 427 406 406 381 388 465
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
503 504 456 471 619 575 544 545 467
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
440 417 420 376 351 387 395 418 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

The Post Office
Population of Amifontaine

Sites and monuments[edit]

Saint-Rémi Church
  • Saint-Rémi Church

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 [1], the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" which allow, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these municipalities is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force in 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Inhabitants of Aisne (French)
  2. ^ a b c Google Maps
  3. ^ List of Mayors of France (French)
  4. ^ History of War
  5. ^ London Gazette No. 34870, 11 June 1940 Read online