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Chautagne lock on the Rhone
Chautagne lock on the Rhone
Anglefort is located in France
Coordinates: 45°54′47″N 5°48′33″E / 45.9131°N 5.8092°E / 45.9131; 5.8092Coordinates: 45°54′47″N 5°48′33″E / 45.9131°N 5.8092°E / 45.9131; 5.8092
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Belley
Canton Seyssel
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Bernard Thiboud
 • Land1 29.26 km2 (11.30 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 960
 • Population2 density 33/km2 (85/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 01010 / 01350
Elevation 238–1,524 m (781–5,000 ft)
(avg. 251 m or 823 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.

Anglefort is a French commune in the department of Ain in the Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Clafordans or Clafordanes[1]


A steep stretch on the D120 through the Col du Grand Colombier.

Anglefort is a commune in Bugey on the right bank of the Rhone at the foot of the mountain of Grand Colombier which has a panorama of the Alps and the Jura mountains.

The commune is located 25 km south of Bellegarde-sur-Valserine and 30 km north by north-west of Aix-les-Bains. Access to the commune is by road D992 from Seyssel in the north passing through the length of the commune and the village to Culoz in the south. There is also access on road D120 which is a highly circuitous route from Lochieu in the west continuing to the village as the D120A and continuing south through the Col du Grand Colombier (1,501m) to Culoz. A railway line passes through the commune from north to south with a station to the east of the village.

The Rhone river runs south along the eastern border of the commune and Le Verdet stream flows from the north to the south of the commune into the Rhone.[2]


The alluvial aquifer fed by the Rhone is threatened by an internal discharge created by the Pechiney Group. Foundry waste, metal dust, and recovered acid from filters have been buried in the Chautagnard marsh with a probable contamination by heavy metals and arsenic.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


The Priory of Anglefort was located on the communal territory in the Middle Ages. In 1590 Guillaume Drujon[4] was a priest and he became abbot in 1620.


List of mayors of Anglefort

From To Name Party Position
1995 2001 Michel Thiboud
2001 2008 René Perrier
2008 2014 Bernard Thiboud[5]

(Not all data is known)


In 2008, Anglefort had 926 inhabitants (an increase of 3% compared to 1999). The town was the 10,104th largest at the national level, while it was 10,781st in 1999 and 166th out of 419 communes at the departmental level.

In 2009, the commune had 960 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] [Note 2]

Evolution of the Population (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
1,021 2,251 1,091 942 1,107 962 1,223 1,205 1,166
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
1,186 1,084 1,127 1,110 1,118 1,135 1,075 1,000 1,000
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
995 964 895 752 676 630 565 548 507
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2009 - -
438 528 697 714 687 772 960 - -

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

Population of Anglefort


The Électricité de France (EDF) Dam is on the Rhone river in the territory of the commune and there is a factory producing silicon. Formerly the property of the Pechiney Electro-metallurgy group, the factory has passed successively into the hands of Alcan (Canada), and the Anglo-Australian Rio Tinto at the whim of successive buy-backs of this former French industrial flagship.

Sites and monuments[edit]

  • The castle from the 18th century has been registered as a historical monument since 1 August 1974[6]
  • Remains of Rochette Castle which dominates the Rhone

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Jacques-François Besson, born in Mieugy, Bishop of Metz from 1824 to 1842

See also[edit]

Notes and references[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.
  2. ^ In the census table and the graph, by convention in Wikipedia, and to allow a fair comparison between five yearly censuses, the principle has been retained for subsequent legal populations since 1999 displayed in the census table and the graph that shows populations for the years 2006, 2011, 2016, etc., as well as the latest legal population published by INSEE


  1. ^ Inhabitants of Ain (French)
  2. ^ a b Google Maps
  3. ^ Note by the Robin Hood NGO called The casseroles of Pechiney, dated 6 October 2003 (French)
  4. ^ Jean Létanche, The old Castles, Fortified houses, and feudal ruins in the canton of Yenne and Savoy, The History Book of Lorisse, 1907 (ISBN 9782843738135) p. 18. (French)
  5. ^ List of Mayors of Ain as at 16 April 2008 on the préfecture of Ain website. (French)
  6. ^ French Ministry of Culture Notice PA00116292 Castle at Anglefort (French)