Figeac

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Figeac
Figeac.jpg
Coat of arms of Figeac
Coat of arms
Figeac is located in France
Figeac
Figeac
Coordinates: 44°36′31″N 2°01′54″E / 44.6086°N 2.0317°E / 44.6086; 2.0317Coordinates: 44°36′31″N 2°01′54″E / 44.6086°N 2.0317°E / 44.6086; 2.0317
Country France
Region Midi-Pyrénées
Department Lot
Arrondissement Figeac
Canton Figeac
Intercommunality Pays de Figeac-Cajarc
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Nicole Paulo
Area1 35.16 km2 (13.58 sq mi)
Population (2011)2 9,773
 • Density 280/km2 (720/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 46102 / 46100
Elevation 170–451 m (558–1,480 ft)
(avg. 225 m or 738 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.

Figeac (Occitan: Fijac) is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France. Figeac is a sub-prefecture of the department.

History[edit]

Figeac is on the via Podiensis, a major hiking medieval pilgrimage trail which is part of the Way of St. James. Today, as a part of France's system of trails it is labelled the GR 65.

Notable people[edit]

Jean-François Champollion, the first translator of Egyptian hieroglyphics, was born in Figeac, where there is a Champollion Museum. On the "Place des écritures" (writings place) is a giant copy of the Rosetta stone, by Joseph Kosuth.

The actor Charles Boyer was also born in Figeac.

Media[edit]

Louis Malle's 1974 film, Lacombe Lucien, was filmed in Figeac.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

 Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Figeac". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.