Montfrin

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Montfrin
Chateau
Chateau
Coat of arms of Montfrin
Coat of arms
Montfrin is located in France
Montfrin
Montfrin
Coordinates: 43°52′34″N 4°35′39″E / 43.876°N 4.5942°E / 43.876; 4.5942Coordinates: 43°52′34″N 4°35′39″E / 43.876°N 4.5942°E / 43.876; 4.5942
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Gard
Arrondissement Nîmes
Canton Aramon
Intercommunality Pont du Gard
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Claude Martinet
Area
 • Land1 15.29 km2 (5.90 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 2,980
 • Population2 density 190/km2 (500/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 30179 / 30490
Elevation 7–78 m (23–256 ft)
(avg. 21 m or 69 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.

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

Population[edit]

The residents are called Montfrinois.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,779 —    
1968 2,055 +15.5%
1975 2,089 +1.7%
1982 2,404 +15.1%
1990 2,685 +11.7%
1999 2,934 +9.3%
2008 2,980 +1.6%

Geography[edit]

Montfrin is located between Nîmes and Avignon, 10 km (6.2 mi) from Pont du Gard. The Gardon flows through the commune.

History[edit]

In Roman times, the place was called Mons Ferinus (mountain of the ferocious animals).

Charles Martel fought a battle there against the Saracens in 736, four years after the Battle of Tours.

The village has attracted celebrities during its history (including François I, Richelieu, Molière), and until the French Revolution, due to the presence of a "healing" spring, the spring of Fontcluse. A story says that the virtues of the spring were discovered by Charles Martel, who witnessed the healing of wounded soldiers after the battle.

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