Saorge

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Saorge
Saorge vue generale.jpg
Saorge is located in France
Saorge
Saorge
Coordinates: 43°59′18″N 7°33′11″E / 43.9883°N 7.5531°E / 43.9883; 7.5531Coordinates: 43°59′18″N 7°33′11″E / 43.9883°N 7.5531°E / 43.9883; 7.5531
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Alpes-Maritimes
Arrondissement Nice
Canton Breil-sur-Roya
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Paul Silici
Area
 • Land1 86.78 km2 (33.51 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 434
 • Population2 density 5.0/km2 (13/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 06132 / 06540
Elevation 319–2,680 m (1,047–8,793 ft)
(avg. 500 m or 1,600 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.

Saorge (Italian: Saorgio, Occitan: Saorj, Ligurian: Savurgiu) is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. Highway E74 which runs north from Menton, passes through Saorge on its way to the Col de Tende (Colle di Tenda) where it crosses into Italy.

The region belonged to the old County of Nice. From 1388 to 1860 Saorge was part of Sardinia-Piedmont when it was ceded to France. In June 1793 the armies of the First French Republic and Sardinia clashed here. In the Battle of Saorgio on 24–28 April 1794, the French wrested the town from the Piedmontese. The town was returned to Sardinia-Piedmont after the overthrow of Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1861 3,356 —    
1866 3,180 −5.2%
1872 1,692 −46.8%
1881 1,528 −9.7%
1891 1,319 −13.7%
1901 1,094 −17.1%
1911 954 −12.8%
1921 988 +3.6%
1931 631 −36.1%
1962 496 −21.4%
1968 508 +2.4%
1975 330 −35.0%
1982 322 −2.4%
1990 362 +12.4%
1999 396 +9.4%
2008 434 +9.6%

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