Digne-les-Bains

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"Digne" redirects here. For the French footballer, see Lucas Digne. For the diocese, see Roman Catholic Diocese of Digne. For the asteroid, see 10088 Digne.
Not to be confused with La Digne-d'Amont or La Digne-d'Aval.
This article is about the commune. For the arrondissement, see Arrondissement of Digne-les-Bains. For the canton, see Canton of Digne-les-Bains-Ouest and Canton of Digne-les-Bains-Est.
Digne-les-Bains
A general view of Digne-les-Bains
A general view of Digne-les-Bains
Coat of arms of Digne-les-Bains
Coat of arms
Digne-les-Bains is located in France
Digne-les-Bains
Digne-les-Bains
Coordinates: 44°05′36″N 6°14′11″E / 44.0933°N 6.2364°E / 44.0933; 6.2364Coordinates: 44°05′36″N 6°14′11″E / 44.0933°N 6.2364°E / 44.0933; 6.2364
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Arrondissement Digne-les-Bains
Intercommunality Trois Vallées
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Serge Gloaguen
Area1 117.07 km2 (45.20 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 17,268
 • Density 150/km2 (380/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 04070 / 04000
Elevation 524–1,731 m (1,719–5,679 ft)
(avg. 608 m or 1,995 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.

Digne-les-Bains (French: [diɲ le bɛ̃]) or simply and historically Digne (Occitan: Dinha (dei Banhs) in classical norm or Digno in Mistralian norm) is a commune of France, capital of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department.

History[edit]

Digne-les-Bains dates back to the Neolithic era and became a frequent commercial stop during the Roman era. Since then, the commune has been noted for being a primary center of the lavender trade.

On March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525, carrying 150 people (including six crewmembers), crashed near the city while en route from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. The plane began to rapidly descend from cruising altitude approximately 45 minutes after takeoff, crashing this plane with no survivors.[1]

Geography[edit]

The Bléone flows southwest through the middle of the commune and crosses the town; it forms part of the commune's northeastern and southwestern borders.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1471 200 —    
1716 2,890 +1345.0%
1765 3,204 +10.9%
1793 3,180 −0.7%
1806 3,362 +5.7%
1821 3,621 +7.7%
1831 3,932 +8.6%
1836 6,365 +61.9%
1841 4,572 −28.2%
1846 4,942 +8.1%
1851 4,781 −3.3%
1856 5,421 +13.4%
1861 6,485 +19.6%
1866 7,002 +8.0%
1872 6,877 −1.8%
1876 7,222 +5.0%
1881 6,771 −6.2%
1886 7,083 +4.6%
1891 7,261 +2.5%
1896 7,276 +0.2%
1901 7,238 −0.5%
1906 7,456 +3.0%
1911 7,317 −1.9%
1921 6,302 −13.9%
1926 6,737 +6.9%
1931 7,051 +4.7%
1936 7,623 +8.1%
1946 9,342 +22.6%
1954 10,436 +11.7%
1962 12,460 +19.4%
1968 14,661 +17.7%
1975 15,416 +5.1%
1982 15,149 −1.7%
1990 16,087 +6.2%
1999 16,064 −0.1%
2008 17,268 +7.5%

Cultural references[edit]

Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables begins in Digne. It is here that the protagonist, ex-convict Jean Valjean, is inspired by a kindly bishop to turn his life around. The asteroid 10088 Digne was named after the town by its discoverer, Belgian astronomer Eric Walter Elst.

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International relations[edit]

Digne is twinned with:

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