Nantua

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Nantua
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Coat of arms of Nantua
Coat of arms
Nantua is located in France
Nantua
Nantua
Coordinates: 46°09′07″N 5°36′28″E / 46.1519°N 5.6078°E / 46.1519; 5.6078Coordinates: 46°09′07″N 5°36′28″E / 46.1519°N 5.6078°E / 46.1519; 5.6078
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Nantua
Canton Nantua
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Pierre Carminatti
Area1 12.79 km2 (4.94 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 3,633
 • Density 280/km2 (740/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 01269 / 01130

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.

Nantua is a commune and subprefecture in the Ain department in eastern France. The usual demonym for its inhabitants is Nantuatien(ne); however, they are also sometimes called Catholards, after a needle used by leatherworkers. Indeed, Nantua has long been a town of tanners and shoemakers.

History[edit]

The town grew up around a Benedictine Monastery founded in 671 by St. Amand and the church of St Peter where the body of Charles the Bald was initially buried.

The Priory of Nantua was sacked and burned in 1230 by Etienne I of Thoire-Villars.[1] Later, Boniface of Savoy, Archbishop of Canterbury was selected Prior of Nantua in 1232.[1]

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 2,798 —    
1800 2,791 −0.3%
1806 3,744 +34.1%
1821 3,515 −6.1%
1831 3,701 +5.3%
1836 3,696 −0.1%
1841 3,846 +4.1%
1846 3,658 −4.9%
1851 3,746 +2.4%
1856 3,493 −6.8%
1861 3,726 +6.7%
1866 3,776 +1.3%
1872 3,393 −10.1%
1876 3,405 +0.4%
1881 3,296 −3.2%
1886 3,157 −4.2%
1891 2,973 −5.8%
1896 3,033 +2.0%
1901 2,989 −1.5%
1906 2,891 −3.3%
1911 2,966 +2.6%
1921 2,835 −4.4%
1926 2,865 +1.1%
1931 2,931 +2.3%
1936 2,760 −5.8%
1946 2,648 −4.1%
1954 2,997 +13.2%
1962 3,265 +8.9%
1968 3,560 +9.0%
1975 3,440 −3.4%
1982 3,572 +3.8%
1990 3,602 +0.8%
1999 3,922 +8.9%
2008 3,633 −7.4%

Climate[edit]

Nantua faces a small lake on its west side and is protected by high cliffs on its landward sides which gives rise to a relatively mild continental climate.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eugene L. Cox, The Eagles of Savoy, (Princeton University Press, 1974), 17-18.

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