|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Stéphane Briant|
|• Land1||16.02 km2 (6.19 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||17/km2 (45/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||15008 / 15240|
|Elevation||468–928 m (1,535–3,045 ft)
(avg. 495 m or 1,624 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.
The inhabitants of the commune are known as Antignacois or Antignacoises
Antignac lies in the valley of the Sumène some 80 km south-west of Clermont-Ferrand and 10 km north-west of Riom-ès-Montagnes in the Canton of Saignes. Access to the commune is by road D3 from Riom-ès-Montagnes in the south-east continuing west to join the D922.
Antignac is the main village in the commune which includes 25 other hamlets and localities:
- Le Beix
- La Bouboulie
- La Broconie
- Les Buges Blanches
- La Cavarache
- Le Cellier
- Le Chambon
- Le Châtelet
- La Croix de Soleilhadoux
- La Ganette
- La Seppe
- La Valette
The river Rhue forms all of the commune's northern border.
List of Successive Mayors
|1848||1864||Louis François Armand|
|1897||1919||Gabriel Félix Duc|
|1919||1942||Jean 'Eugène' Breton|
(Not all data is known)
In 2009 the commune had 279 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]
Sites and Monuments
The three churches
- Parish church of Saint-Victor, Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens in Antignac. The apse and the choir are the only parts dating from the 12th century, the nave and the chapels were rebuilt or upgraded in the 18th and 19th centuries. Partially listed as a historical monument on 27 April 1976.
- Parish church of Saint-Étienne, Saint-Ferréol, called the Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours de Salsignac. This small Romanesque church was built in the 12th century and rebuilt in the Gothic style between 1469 and 1496; the bell located in a tiny bell tower dates from 1657. Listed as a historical monument on 17 September 1969.
- Priory church Saint-Robert, Saint-Jean-Baptiste called Notre-Dame du Roc-Vignonnet. Begun in the early 12th century and completed in the 13th and 14th centuries, the chapel was finally abandoned in the 19th century. The building was listed as a historical monument in 1930.
- Longuevergne Castle
- Salsignac viaduct, on the stretch from Bort-les-Organs to Riom-ès-Montagnes on the Paris-Béziers railway line was commissioned on 2 December 1907 and closed in 1991. The viaduct is 190m long with 14 arches and is 24m high.
- Jean Dutourd (born 14 January 1920 in Paris, where he died 17 January 2011), journalist and writer of the French Academy, author of the novel Au Bon Beurre, grandson of the House of Laurichesse at the Auberge de la Sumène d'Antignac. Became famous for his participation in the radio program Les grosses têtes (The big heads) presented by Philippe Bouvard.
- Jacques Jouve, born 10 March 1932 at Antignac. Communist MP for Haute-Vienne from 19 March 1978 to 22 May 1981.
- François-Paul Raynal (1902-1964), journalist at L'Auvergnat de Paris and writer, remained very attached to his roots and family home at Salsignac which he mentions in several of his novels and stories (Au fil de la Sumène, Les Artisans du village, Marie des Solitudes, etc.).
- François Aubert, mason, who decorated his house in a naive style (close to the ideal palace of Ferdinand Cheval) and created a mineralogical museum.
- Communes of the Cantal department
- Antignac on the National Geographic Institurte website (French)
- INSEE (French)
Notes and references
- At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes 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.
- Inhabitants of Cantal (French)
- Google Maps
- List of Mayors of France
- French Ministry of Culture Notice PA00093441 Church of St. Peter (French)
- French Ministry of Culture Notice PA00093442 Saint-Ferréol Church (French)
- French Ministry of Culture Notice PA00093440 Chapel Notre-Dame du Roc-Vignonnet (French)
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