Le Rouret

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Le Rouret
Le rouret eglise Saint-Pons.JPG
Coat of arms of Le Rouret
Coat of arms
Le Rouret is located in France
Le Rouret
Le Rouret
Coordinates: 43°40′31″N 7°00′23″E / 43.6753°N 7.0064°E / 43.6753; 7.0064Coordinates: 43°40′31″N 7°00′23″E / 43.6753°N 7.0064°E / 43.6753; 7.0064
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Alpes-Maritimes
Arrondissement Grasse
Canton Bar-sur-Loup
Intercommunality Sophia Antipolis
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gérald Lombardo
Area
 • Land1 7.1 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 3,796
 • Population2 density 530/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 06112 / 06650
Elevation 178–480 m (584–1,575 ft)
(avg. 320 m or 1,050 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.

Le Rouret is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.

Geography[edit]

Le Rouret is located 10 km (6.2 mi) from Grasse, 26 km (16 mi) from Cannes and the Mediterranean coast, 28 km (17 mi) from Nice and 45 km (28 mi) from Monaco. Parts of Le Rouret sit on a south-facing elevation, providing a view to the Mediterranean Sea ranging from Monaco to Saint-Tropez.

Economy[edit]

The commune is largely residential, but a number of shops and a local tourist information office can be found in the centre of the village. The surrounding areas are interspersed with flower farms, used by the perfume distilleries of Grasse.

Le Rouret is an example of a typical Provençal village undergoing modern development: evidence of its agricultural present and past remains clear despite increased tourism, cultural activities and housing developments.

History[edit]

Protohistory[edit]

Two sites in Le Rouret show signs of ancient occupation: Le camp du bois du Rouret and Le Castellaras.

Le camp du bois is situated on a hilltop. Digs carried out by Paul Goby at the end of the 19th century showed signs of habitations from around 400 BC, with the most dense period of occupation being around 100 BC.[1]

Le Castellaras is very similar but additionally sports a fallen monolith, thought to date from the Neolithic era or bronze age. However, no other signs of occupations from these periods has been found on this site.

Modern Era[edit]

  • Early 1900s: 604 inhabitants who work on the land
  • 1910: tram line to Le Rouret established
  • Mai 1928: tram line stopped, fewer travelers arrive
  • 1945: 545 inhabitants after World War II
  • Start of the French Fifth Republic: a road joining Grasse and Nice is build through Le Rouret and population increases.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1962 833 —    
1968 1,208 +45.0%
1975 1,664 +37.7%
1982 2,315 +39.1%
1990 2,927 +26.4%
1999 3,428 +17.1%
2008 3,796 +10.7%

Personalities[edit]

Richard Wright, best known for his career as a keyboardist with Pink Floyd, lived in a villa in the village. The family of Richard Galliano, a French-Italian accordionist, have lived in Le Rouret for generations. Actor Roger Moore (007) currently spends his summers here in his villa, British Comedian Ricky Gervais bought a villa at the top of Le Rouret in December 2103 Bono owns a residence in the commune and Madonna is thought to own a villa in the neighboring commune, Roquefort-les-Pins. Peter Churchill, famous SOE agent in the Second World War, lived here after the war until his death in 1972.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Le Camp du bois au Routet (06) : étude du matériel de la collection Paul Goby en dépôt au Musée de Grasse / Jean Latour. - In. : "Mém. inst. préhist. archéol. Alpes Méditerranée", 2005, 47, p. 57-73