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Facade of the Moulin de la Brevette Hotel
Facade of the Moulin de la Brevette Hotel
Arbigny is located in France
Coordinates: 46°28′14″N 4°57′48″E / 46.4706°N 4.9633°E / 46.4706; 4.9633Coordinates: 46°28′14″N 4°57′48″E / 46.4706°N 4.9633°E / 46.4706; 4.9633
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Bourg-en-Bresse
Canton Pont-de-Vaux
Intercommunality Pont-de-Vaux
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Vieux
 • Land1 17.47 km2 (6.75 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Population2 399
 • Population2 density 23/km2 (59/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 01016 / 01190
Elevation 169–214 m (554–702 ft)
(avg. 200 m or 660 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.

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

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arbignerons or Arbigneronnes[1]


Arbigny is some 20 km north of Mâcon and 40 km south by south-east of Chalon-sur-Saône. The commune can be accessed by the D933 from Sermoyer in the north passing through the centre of the commune and village and continuing south to Pont-de-Vaux. The D126 runs west from the village changing to the D163 at the border of the commune and continuing to Uchizy. There are two other hamlets in the commune - La Croix and La Varenne. About 80% of the commune is farmland with the rest being the forested eastern part.

The western border of the commune is formed by the Saône river. In the north and east there are ponds which are drained by the Biel d'Etang Neuf and the Biel d'Etang Butiere which flow west to the Saône.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[edit]


The area has been occupied since prehistoric times. The village was known as Albiniacus in the Middle Ages.


List of mayors of Arbigny

From To Name Party Position
1995 2008 Christian Berardet
2008 2014 Michel Vieux[3]

(Not all data is known)

The lake named "Grand étang" (Large pond) near Arbigny
Maize seedlings


In 2010, the commune had 399 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
933 720 1,055 866 911 897 890 857 922
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
886 789 792 762 786 770 742 719 717
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
725 708 702 572 535 522 513 468 451
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2007 2008
407 353 334 311 314 332 349 352 368
2009 2010 - - - - - - -
383 399 - - - - - - -

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

Population of Arbigny

Sites and monuments[edit]

The Moulin de la Brevette Yard
An old wine press at the Moulin de la Brevette
Peony flowers at the Moulin de la Brevette
  • The remains of an ancient castle
  • Napoleonic milestone dated 1808
  • A stone marker commemorating the landing fields of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, on the road to Uchizy just before the bridge over the Saône. The code name of the landing field was "JUNOT".
  • Plaque honouring two young resistance fighters (DUPASQUIER and CLAIRMIDI) murdered by the Nazis in 1944 at a place called "La Varenne".

Protected natural areas[edit]

The floodplains of the Saône Valley have been classified as protected areas since 1994.[4]

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. ^ Google Maps
  3. ^ List of mayors of Ain as at 16 April 2008 on the website of the prefecture of Ain (French)
  4. ^ Protection Zone for the wetlands of the Saône Valley, Préfectoral directive of 25 February 1994, Préfecture of Ain (French)