Lecques

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Lecques
View of Lecques from the south
View of Lecques from the south
Lecques is located in France
Lecques
Lecques
Coordinates: 43°50′16″N 4°03′50″E / 43.8378°N 4.0639°E / 43.8378; 4.0639Coordinates: 43°50′16″N 4°03′50″E / 43.8378°N 4.0639°E / 43.8378; 4.0639
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Gard
Arrondissement Nîmes
Canton Sommières
Intercommunality Pays de Sommières
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Yves Bez
Area
 • Land1 5.2 km2 (2.0 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 371
 • Population2 density 71/km2 (180/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 30144 / 30250
Elevation 26–111 m (85–364 ft)
(avg. 50 m or 160 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.

Lecques is a commune in the Gard department in southern France.

It is built on rising ground, on the west bank of the River Vidourle, 6 km to the north and upstream of Sommières. The village centre is on a rocky outcrop, that overhangs the banks of the river.[1] Steps lead down to the bridge. Its elevation means it is protected from the 'Vidourlades' or violent floods, for example, that of 9 September 2002.[2] There are remains of the ramparts, the narrow medieval streets and a church.

Etymology[edit]

The name 'Lecques' comes from a Celtic word 'leucas' meaning settlement by a marker post on an ancient track.[1]

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 191 —    
1968 203 +6.3%
1975 165 −18.7%
1982 182 +10.3%
1990 215 +18.1%
1999 216 +0.5%
2008 371 +71.8%

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Interpretation board erected by the Intercommunality
  2. ^ Interpretation board erected by the Syndicat interdepartmental d'Aménagement du Vidoule

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