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Argis Town Hall
Argis Town Hall
Coat of arms of Argis
Coat of arms
Argis is located in France
Coordinates: 45°56′05″N 5°29′30″E / 45.9347°N 5.4917°E / 45.9347; 5.4917Coordinates: 45°56′05″N 5°29′30″E / 45.9347°N 5.4917°E / 45.9347; 5.4917
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Belley
Canton Ambérieu-en-Bugey
Intercommunality Vallée de l'Albarine
 • Mayor (2001–2020) Marcel Chevé
Area1 7.84 km2 (3.03 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 421
 • Density 54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 01017 /01230
Elevation 300–819 m (984–2,687 ft)
(avg. 320 m or 1,050 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.

Argis 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 Argissiens or Argissiennes[1]


Argis Panorama

Argis is in the mountains of the southern Jura in the mountains of Bugey in the valley of the Albarine between Tenay and Saint-Rambert-en-Bugey. Altitude varies from 315 metres in the valley to 800 metres on the slopes of the valley.

The commune is some 10 km east of Amberieu-en-Bugey and 10 km south-west of Hauteville-Lompnes. It can be accessed on the D1504 road from Saint-Rambert-en-Bugey in the north-west passing through the northern border of the commune then south to the village and continuing south to Tenay. The D104 road also goes from the village over a tortuous mountain route to Arandas in the south-west. There are also many small mountain roads in the commune. The railway line from Saint-Rambert-en-Bugey to Tenay also passes through the commune parallel to the D1504 road. There is no station in the commune with the nearest station being the one near Tenay. In addition to the village there is the small hamlet of Plomb in the south. The commune is mountainous and heavily forested.[2]

The Albarine at Argis

The Albarine river passes through the commune from south to north parallel with the railway and the D1504 continuing west to join the Ain near Chez le Bret. A number of streams flow into the river including the Ruisseau de la Gorge, the Ruisseau de la Tine, the Biez Molet, the Biez Michel, and the Biez Gallet.[2]


There was a lordship and a castle in the Middle Ages.


Over the centuries, Argis has been called:[3]

  • Argil (1242)
  • De Argillo (1385)
  • Argit (1650)
  • Argy (1734)


Arms of Argis
The status of the official emblem has yet to be determined.

Or, a bend azure semy of mullets of Or..[4]


List of mayors of Argis[5]

From To Name Party Position
1944 1959 Louis Dillenschneider
1959 1974 Louis Ronchall
1974 1974 Jean Reverdy
1974 1999 (resigned) André Ollier
1999 2001 Jean-Claude Marquis
2001 2020 Marcel Chevé

(Not all data is known)


In 2009 the commune had 421 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 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
547 468 614 606 593 594 565 596 636
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
698 741 791 782 827 976 1,034 1,116 1,015
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
919 798 801 1,004 1,125 1,072 858 730 623
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
620 582 479 447 405 389 424 421 -

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

Population of Argis

Sites and monuments[edit]

  • A Waterfall at Côte
  • A Urinal

Photo Gallery[edit]

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Antoine-Gaspard Boucher d'Argis was born in the commune on 3 April 1708.

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.