Chirac, Lozère

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Chirac
Chirac is located in France
Chirac
Chirac
Coordinates: 44°31′29″N 3°15′58″E / 44.5247°N 3.2661°E / 44.5247; 3.2661Coordinates: 44°31′29″N 3°15′58″E / 44.5247°N 3.2661°E / 44.5247; 3.2661
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Lozère
Arrondissement Mende
Canton Saint-Germain-du-Teil
Intercommunality Gévaudan
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Henri Boyer
Area1 33.79 km2 (13.05 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 1,006
 • Density 30/km2 (77/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 48049 / 48100
Elevation 605–1,254 m (1,985–4,114 ft)
(avg. 640 m or 2,100 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.

Chirac is a commune in the Lozère département in southern France.

Geography[edit]

Situated on the banks of the Colagne river in the heart of the Massif central. The D809 road passes through the village.

Population[edit]

Historical population of Chirac, Lozère
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999
Population 801 789 689 894 983 1006
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places and monuments[edit]

  • The Fare dolmen
  • The twelfth century Romanesque church.
  • The chapel of Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
  • The family chapels of the Chazette and the Volmanières
  • The English cross: The English, who ravaged the country in the 14th century, were soundly beaten in a battle on the heights of the village. This place carries today the name of Cemetery of the English’’ or Cross of the English’’. A cross, on which there is an inscription "CH des M " and "1701 - 1922", marks the site of the battle. During the construction of the A75 autoroute, the cross was renovated and moved a few metres from its original position.
  • The bridge over the Colagne river.

Activities[edit]

As in the majority of the towns of Lozère, the principal activity is farming, although service industry sectors have started to play a larger part in the region.

  • Farming is essentially sheep and cattle. The size of the upland meadows allows the farmers to have comparatively large flocks.

Notable people[edit]

  • Colonel Marceau Crespin (1915–1988)
  • Nicolaï Greschny (1912–1985), artist

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