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Old bread oven
Old bread oven
Arnac-sur-Dourdou is located in France
Coordinates: 43°43′38″N 2°56′00″E / 43.7272°N 2.9333°E / 43.7272; 2.9333Coordinates: 43°43′38″N 2°56′00″E / 43.7272°N 2.9333°E / 43.7272; 2.9333
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aveyron
Arrondissement Millau
Canton Camarès
 • Mayor (2008–2020) Fernande Singer
Area1 16.57 km2 (6.40 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 23
 • Density 1.4/km2 (3.6/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 12009 / 12360
Elevation 506–1,000 m (1,660–3,281 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.

Arnac-sur-Dourdou (Occitan: Arnac) is a French commune in the Aveyron department in the Midi-Pyrénées region of southern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arnacois or Arnacoises[1]


Arnac-sur-Dourdou is a sparsely populated commune in the extreme southern corner of Aveyron some 50 km west by north-west of Saint-André-de-Sangonis and 8 km east by north-east of Murat-sur-Vèbre in the heart of the Lacaune mountains. The western border of the commune is also the border between the departments of Aveyron and Tarn while the southern border is the border between Aveyron and Hérault. Access to the commune is by the D92 road from Brusque in the north which is a tortuous mountain road going to the village and continuing west to change to the D162 at the commune border then south to join the D622 to Murat-sur-Vèbre. The D12 road from Brusque to the south forms the eastern border of the commune and road D174 connects the village to this road. The commune is mountainous and heavily forested.[2]

The Dourdou de Camarès river flows through the commune and the village from east to west gathering numerous tributaries flowing from all corners of the commune.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


Until the French Revolution the Parish of Arnac was part of the community of Brusque. Saint-Benoît-d'Arnac was then an annex of the Parish of Saint-Pierre-des-Cats (currently the commune of Mélagues). After the Revolution Arnac was part of the commune of Mélagues. It was in 1872 that the commune of Arnac-sur-Dourdou was founded. Today the village consists of many second homes which are often the properties of descendants of the past inhabitants of the village.


List of Successive Mayors[3]

From To Name Party Position
1872 1892 Barthélémy Garenq
1892 1929 Jacques Roques
1929 1935 Hyppolyte Garenq
1935 1945 Jacques Roques
1945 1947 Jean Bertrand
1947 1995 Louis Maury
1995 1997 Pierre Garrencq
1997 2008 Henri Riac
2008 2020 Fernande Singer

(Not all data is known)


In 2009 the commune had 23 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1872. 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)
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
- - - 401 399 401 376 376 337
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
304 307 295 206 256 244 145 110 111
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
103 87 66 48 55 30 - 23 -

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

Population of Arnac-sur-Dourdou

Cultural Events and Festivals[edit]

  • Arnac Festival in traditional clothes

Sites and monuments[edit]

  • The Church of Saint-Benoît
  • The Bread oven at the Arnac Mill
  • The GR 71 passes through the commune

See also[edit]


  • Christian-Pierre Bedel, Lo Pont - Arnac, Brusca, Faiet, Gissac, Melagas, Montanhòl, Pèus-e-Cofolèus, Silvanés, Tauriac, preface by the General Counsel, Christian-Pierre Bedel e los estatjants del canton de Camarés, Rodez, Mission départementale de la culture, 2000, Al canton collection, 320 pages, ill., cover ill., 28 cm, ISBN 2-907279-50-5, ISSN 1151-8375, BNF 37657611d (Occitan/French)

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, 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.