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The drinking trough in Argein
The drinking trough in Argein
Argein is located in France
Location within Occitanie region
Argein is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 42°55′56″N 0°59′36″E / 42.9322°N 0.9933°E / 42.9322; 0.9933Coordinates: 42°55′56″N 0°59′36″E / 42.9322°N 0.9933°E / 42.9322; 0.9933
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Ariège
Arrondissement Saint-Girons
Canton Couserans Ouest
Intercommunality Castillonnais
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Denis Lourde
Area1 11.09 km2 (4.28 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 176
 • Density 16/km2 (41/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 09014 /09800
Elevation 517–1,675 m (1,696–5,495 ft)
(avg. 534 m or 1,752 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.

Argein (Occitan: Argenç) is a commune in the Ariège department in the Occitanie region of south-western France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Argenois or Argenoises[1]


Argein is located some 12 km south-west of Saint-Girons just a kilometre west of Audressein. Access to the commune is by the D618 road from Audressein in the east passing through the centre of the commune and the village and continuing west to Aucazein. Apart from the village there is also the hamlet of Viellot. The centre of the commune is the valley of the Bouigane oriented east-west where the village lies. In the valley there is some farmland however the rugged north and south of the commune is heavily forested.[2]

The Buouigane river flows along the central valley east to join the Léz at Audressein. Some tributaries rise in the commune to join the Bouigane including the Ruisseau d'Auriech and the Ruisseau de Sol.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


The Town Hall

List of Successive Mayors[3]

Mayors from the French Revolution to 1929
From To Name Party Position
1791 1792 Jacques Bataille
1792 1796 Jacques Fourment
1796 1802 Jean Doumenc
1802 1811 Jean Argela
1811 1813 Jean Doumenc
1813 1830 Jean Argela
1830 1837 Jean Bourdeau
1837 1847 Bernard Doumenc
1847 1857 Gaudens de Meritens de Roses
1857 1870 André Tap
1870 1899 Jean-Pierre Ille
1899 1904 Jean Ferre
1904 1915 Pierre Pujol
1915 1919 François Bauby
1919 1929 Michel Ferre
Mayors from 1929
From To Name Party Position
1929 1945 François Dedieu
1945 1965 Guillaume Ortet
1965 1971 Jean Delbert
1971 1977 François Bauby
1977 2001 Guy Dubuc
2001 2014 Raymond Junca

(Not all data is known)


In 2009 the commune had 176 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from 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
632 385 632 636 674 779 846 881 837
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
762 736 767 784 657 624 634 638 626
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
583 539 515 380 373 335 342 271 262
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
235 214 211 193 164 149 156 176 -

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

Argein War Memorial
Population of Argein

Sites and Monuments[edit]

The Parish Church of Saint Peter
A Wayside Cross in Argein

The Parish Church of Saint Peter is an old Romanesque church from the 12th century and now an integral part of a church originally built in the 9th century. The original semicircular Apse forms the south aisle of the present building. There is an altar bearing a very ancient inscription (prior to the 4th century) depicted again in the south wall of the church. The Church contains many items that are registered as historical objects:

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Honoré Laffont, born 6 October 1901 at Argein and died on 14 February 1975. An international Rugby player (1st time in 1926 against Wales). He was twice a finalist in the championship of France with RC Narbonne (1932 and 1933). He played scrum half (1.65m, 62 kg). He was also coach for RC Narbonne.

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 Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine., the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes 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 France (in French)
  4. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000018 2 Altar Candlesticks (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000017 2 Collection Plates (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  6. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000016 Thurible (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000015 Ciborium (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000014 Chalice (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000013 Chalice with Paten (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000012 Statue: Saint Peter (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  11. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000011 Tabernacle (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  12. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000010 Altar, Retable, and Altar Dais (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  13. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000001 Monumental Painting on the southern exterior facade and interior walls (in French)