|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Gérard Neuvy|
|• Land1||58.51 km2 (22.59 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||6.5/km2 (17/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||86118 / 86290|
|Elevation||97–153 m (318–502 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.
The Salleron flows north-northwestward through the eastern part of the commune.
After the retreat of the Germans from France in World War II, it was revealed that the French Academy of Sciences had a secret repository of scientific materials, including 100 boxes of records of the French chemist, Lavoisier, and sixty cases of rare mineral specimens. They had been held in the Chateau du Ry at Journet, near Vienne, where the Gestapo and the ERR weren’t able to find them.
- Rorimer, James J. 1950. Survival: The Salvage and Restoration of Art in War. New York: Abelard Press. Pages 66-67.
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