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Ambléon is located in France
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Ambléon is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°45′00″N 5°36′06″E / 45.75°N 5.6017°E / 45.75; 5.6017Coordinates: 45°45′00″N 5°36′06″E / 45.75°N 5.6017°E / 45.75; 5.6017
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Belley
Canton Belley
Intercommunality CC Bugey Sud
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Annie Bionda
Area1 5.88 km2 (2.27 sq mi)
Population (2015)2 109
 • Density 19/km2 (48/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 01006 /01300
Elevation 330–940 m (1,080–3,080 ft)
(avg. 430 m or 1,410 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.

Ambléon (pronounced [ɑ̃.ble.ɔ̃]) is a French commune in the Ain department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Ambléonais or Ambléonaises[1]


The village of Ambléon is located ten kilometres west of Belley and 60 km east of Lyon in a wetland (lakes, swamps, bogs) in the Bas-Bugey mountain range, 400 metres above sea level. The site is dominated by the Tentanet mountain (1019 m) on the slopes of which is the Lac d'Ambléon of glacial origin whose ecological interest is recognised.[2]

Access to the commune is by road D24 which branches from the D10 south of the commune (north of Premeyzel) and passes through the commune to the village then continues north to join the D41 just north of the commune. The D41 road comes from Saint-Germain-les-Paroisses in the north through the commune then passes near Lac d'Ambléon before continuing over the mountains west to join the D79 road near Lhuis. The D41 does not pass through the village but there is a connecting country road from it to the village. There are a few other small country roads in the commune. There is some farming activity along the D24 road but most of the commune is forested hills and mountains.[3]

The Serrin stream rises to the west of the village and passes through it before joining the Setrin stream which flows south through the commune to join the Gland stream south of the commune.[3]


List of successive mayors of Ambléon[4]

From To Name Party Position
1947 1965 Joannès Pezant
1965 1983 Jean Guillot
1983 2008 Henri Guillot DVD
2008 2011 Odette Breidenstein-Jullien
2011 2020 Annie Bionda Postmistress

(Not all data is known)


In 2009 the commune had 120 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the town since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of municipalities 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
410 223 243 222 309 279 281 297 266
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
254 223 223 205 191 213 200 200 206
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
200 193 159 150 161 135 141 118 111
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
107 108 82 65 76 86 120 120 -

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

Population of Ambléon


The Ambléon economy is based on agriculture (livestock and grain).

The town is located within the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) zone for the wines of Bugey.

Sites and monuments[edit]

  • The Chateau of Ambléon (private residence)
  • A Chapel (13th century)
  • The War memorial to the maquis of Ambléon

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Theodore Chavanton called Avanton, author of the folk novel The Lost Oasis (1945) and a teacher at the Ambléon school. His story takes place in Lombane (an anagram of Ambléon)

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.