Commentry

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Not to be confused with commentary (disambiguation).
Commentry
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Commentry
Coat of arms
Commentry is located in France
Commentry
Commentry
Coordinates: 46°17′23″N 2°44′32″E / 46.2897°N 2.7422°E / 46.2897; 2.7422Coordinates: 46°17′23″N 2°44′32″E / 46.2897°N 2.7422°E / 46.2897; 2.7422
Country France
Region Auvergne
Department Allier
Arrondissement Montluçon
Canton Commentry
Intercommunality Commentry–Néris-les-Bains
Government
 • Mayor (2014;2020) Claude Riboulet
Area1 20.96 km2 (8.09 sq mi)
Population (2011)2 6,580
 • Density 310/km2 (810/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 03082 / 03600
Elevation 332–462 m (1,089–1,516 ft)
(avg. 385 m or 1,263 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.

Commentry is a commune in the department of Allier in central France. It lies 42 miles (68 km) southwest of Moulins in the valley of the Œil. It is within 8 km of one of the geographic centres of France.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 600 —    
1800 498 −17.0%
1806 565 +13.5%
1821 601 +6.4%
1831 1,277 +112.5%
1836 1,126 −11.8%
1841 1,424 +26.5%
1846 3,015 +111.7%
1851 5,465 +81.3%
1856 8,484 +55.2%
1861 8,582 +1.2%
1866 9,978 +16.3%
1872 11,698 +17.2%
1876 12,978 +10.9%
1881 12,416 −4.3%
1886 12,515 +0.8%
1891 12,618 +0.8%
1896 12,632 +0.1%
1901 11,169 −11.6%
1906 10,205 −8.6%
1911 10,112 −0.9%
1921 10,256 +1.4%
1926 10,089 −1.6%
1931 10,136 +0.5%
1936 8,827 −12.9%
1946 9,119 +3.3%
1954 9,259 +1.5%
1962 9,711 +4.9%
1968 10,026 +3.2%
1975 10,043 +0.2%
1982 9,195 −8.4%
1990 8,021 −12.8%
1999 7,204 −10.2%
2006 6,857 −4.8%
2011 6,580 −4.0%

History[edit]

Commentry was the first commune ever to elect a socialist mayor: Christophe Thivrier was elected the 6th of June 1882.[1] The Socialist Party of France was founded in Commentry in September 1902.

Economy[edit]

Commentry gave its name to a coal field over 21 square kilometres in extent, and had important foundries and forges.

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