Aytré

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Aytré
Beach at Aytré
Beach at Aytré
Coat of arms of Aytré
Coat of arms
Aytré is located in France
Aytré
Aytré
Coordinates: 46°08′05″N 1°06′48″W / 46.1347°N 1.1133°W / 46.1347; -1.1133Coordinates: 46°08′05″N 1°06′48″W / 46.1347°N 1.1133°W / 46.1347; -1.1133
Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Charente-Maritime
Arrondissement La Rochelle
Canton Aytré
Intercommunality La Rochelle
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Suzanne Tallard
Area
 • Land1 12.22 km2 (4.72 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 8,820
 • Population2 density 720/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 17028 / 17440
Elevation 1–21 m (3.3–68.9 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.

Aytré is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in the Poitou-Charentes region in southwestern France.

Aytré is especially known for its long beach, which is easily accessible from neighbouring La Rochelle, or Les Minimes. The beach is flat and shallow, making it a good bathing spot for children, and an excellent spot for windsurfing.

Economy[edit]

Industries are few, and economic activity mainly gravitates around La Rochelle, with the distinct exception of Alstom Transportation. The worlds fastest train, TGV, was designed right in Aytre. Oysters are cultivated in the bay and important camping grounds have been developed for tourists during the summer period.

History[edit]

During the Siege of La Rochelle, Cardinal de Richelieu spent time in a farm just to the south of Aytré.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 1,036 —    
1800 758 −26.8%
1806 1,038 +36.9%
1821 1,185 +14.2%
1831 1,320 +11.4%
1836 1,390 +5.3%
1841 1,453 +4.5%
1846 1,451 −0.1%
1851 1,463 +0.8%
1856 1,466 +0.2%
1861 858 −41.5%
1866 837 −2.4%
1872 766 −8.5%
1876 840 +9.7%
1881 923 +9.9%
1886 913 −1.1%
1891 1,019 +11.6%
1896 1,102 +8.1%
1901 1,099 −0.3%
1906 1,149 +4.5%
1911 1,333 +16.0%
1921 1,436 +7.7%
1926 1,645 +14.6%
1931 2,157 +31.1%
1936 2,067 −4.2%
1946 2,335 +13.0%
1954 3,021 +29.4%
1962 5,302 +75.5%
1968 6,197 +16.9%
1975 6,812 +9.9%
1982 7,278 +6.8%
1990 7,786 +7.0%
1999 7,751 −0.4%
2008 8,820 +13.8%

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Panoramic view of the Pertuis d'Antioche from the Pointe du Chay promontory with, from left to right, Fouras, Fort Enet, Ile d'Aix, Fort Boyard, Ile d'Oléron, Île de Ré, La Rochelle, Aytré