Salies-de-Béarn

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Salies-de-Béarn
Town Hall
Town Hall
Coat of arms of Salies-de-Béarn
Coat of arms
Salies-de-Béarn is located in France
Salies-de-Béarn
Salies-de-Béarn
Coordinates: 43°28′16″N 0°55′30″W / 43.471°N 0.925°W / 43.471; -0.925Coordinates: 43°28′16″N 0°55′30″W / 43.471°N 0.925°W / 43.471; -0.925
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Pau
Canton Salies-de-Béarn
Intercommunality Salies-de-Béarn
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Lucien Basse-Cathalinat
Area1 52.08 km2 (20.11 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 4,993
 • Density 96/km2 (250/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 64499 / 64270
Elevation 28–202 m (92–663 ft)
(avg. 56 m or 184 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.

Salies-de-Béarn (Occitan: Salias) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France.

The name comes from its naturally occurring saline water (Gascon salias for Standard Occitan salinas). During the occupation of France by Nazi Germany, Salies was on the border between the occupied zone and the free zone.

Salies-de-Bearn served as the setting of the Trevanian penned novel The Summer of Katya. In that book, it took the name Salies-les-Bains.

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