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Albiès railway bridge
Albiès railway bridge
Albiès is located in France
Location within Occitanie region
Albiès is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 42°46′42″N 1°42′10″E / 42.7783°N 1.7028°E / 42.7783; 1.7028Coordinates: 42°46′42″N 1°42′10″E / 42.7783°N 1.7028°E / 42.7783; 1.7028
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Ariège
Arrondissement Foix
Canton Haute-Ariège
Intercommunality Haute-Ariège
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jean-Claude Prat
Area1 7.69 km2 (2.97 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 132
 • Density 17/km2 (44/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 09004 /09310
Elevation 531–1,887 m (1,742–6,191 ft)
(avg. 560 m or 1,840 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.

Albiès is a commune in the Ariège department in the Occitanie region of southwestern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Albiésois or Albiésoises[1]


Albiès is a long narrow commune oriented north-south about 25 km south by south-east of Foix and 15 km west by north-west of Ax-les-Thermes. It is traversed by Route Nationale N20 (E9) from Verdun in the north-west passing south of the village and continuing to the east. It is also possible to access the southern tip of the commune by road D522 from Les Cabannes to the west of the village via a tortuous mountain route west of the commune arriving at the southern tip of the commune where it terminates. The commune south of the N20 highway is heavily forested and inaccessible mountainous terrain. The village can be accessed by the Rue de Nappy going north from the N20 highway. A railway line passes through the village from west to east but there is no station in the commune. The nearest station is at Les Cabannes some 4 km to the west.[2]

Albiès Floodgates on the Ariège river

The Ariège river passes through the village flowing east parallel to the N20. The Ruisseau de Caychax flows from the north of the commune into the Ariège. The Ruisseau de Sauzelles rises in the south of the commune and flows north joining the Ruisseau de l'Oule which rises in the south-west and forms the southern portion of the western border before joining the Ruisseau de Sauzelles and becoming the Ruisseau de Lavel d'Albiès which is most of the western border before joining the Ravin de la Rescalbade and flowing into the Ariège as the Ruisseau de la Garganle. A separate stream - the Ruisseau de Garganle - forms part of the eastern border where it flows into the Ariège.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


List of Successive Mayors[3]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2020 Jean-Claude Prat SE

(Not all data is known)


In 2009, the commune had 137 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
- 359 436 433 475 463 461 462 450
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
428 430 382 331 401 404 406 405 403
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
351 334 306 253 245 247 203 191 183
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
170 146 163 144 141 151 139 137 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Albiès Town Hall
The Lavoir (Public Laundry)
Population of Albiès
Albiès War Memorial
The railway passing through the village
Albiès Church
Albiès Drinking Trough

Religious heritage[edit]

The Parish Church contains a Collection plate (17th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg which is registered as an historical object.[4]

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Monseigneur Jean-Marie Vidal (1872-1940), Bishop of Pamiers, historian and writer.
  • Jacques Martiel (born 13 December 1946), journalist, publisher and Printer.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 [1] Archived 2016-03-06 at the Wayback Machine., the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" which allow, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these municipalities is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.


  1. ^ Inhabitants of Ariège (in French)
  2. ^ a b c Google Maps
  3. ^ List of Mayors of Albiès
  4. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000002 Collection plate (in French)Camera aabb.svg