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The Étang de Goulours
The Étang de Goulours
Location of Ascou
Ascou is located in France
Ascou is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 42°43′20″N 1°51′45″E / 42.7222°N 1.8625°E / 42.7222; 1.8625Coordinates: 42°43′20″N 1°51′45″E / 42.7222°N 1.8625°E / 42.7222; 1.8625
IntercommunalityCC Haute-Ariège
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Claude Carrière
35.59 km2 (13.74 sq mi)
 • Density3.4/km2 (8.8/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
09023 /09110
Elevation879–2,360 m (2,884–7,743 ft)
(avg. 1,005 m or 3,297 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Ascou is a commune in the Ariège department in the Occitanie region of south-western France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Ascounais.[2]


Ascou is an alpine commune located some 40 km south-east of Foix and immediately east of Ax-les-Thermes. The northern border of the commune is the border between the departments of Ariège and Aude. Access to the commune is by the D 25 road which branches off the D 613 east of Ax-les-Thermes and continues through the village and the length of the commune to Mijanès over the mountains to the east. The D 258 road branches off the D 25 in the commune and goes north-east changing to the D 107 at the border and continuing to La Fajolle. Apart from the village there are the hamlets of Goulours, Lavail, and Pujal. The commune is entirely alpine in nature with no farmland.[3]

The Ruisseau de l'Adorre rises in the east of the commune and flows west gathering tributaries and changing to the Lauze river before passing the village and continuing west to join the Ariège at Ax-les-Thermes. The Ruisseau de l'Eycherque rise in the north-east of the commune and flows south-west to join the Lauze at the D 25 road. The Riu Caud flows from the north to join the Lauze at the Étang de Goulours[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]


List of Successive Mayors[4]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2020 Claude Carrière PS

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 139 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]

Pailhères ski station in summer
The Col de Pailhères on the D25
Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
776 613 851 914 925 1,001 837 842 805
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
686 710 695 664 641 565 620 521 521
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
469 456 453 363 310 266 250 274 158
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
136 114 120 81 96 102 - 139 -

Population of Ascou

Sites and monuments[edit]

The Parish church in Ascou. Next to the church is a small memorial for those who fell in the First World War

The Parish Church contains a Statue of the Virgin and childLogo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg which is registered as a historical object.[5]

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Michel Naudy, journalist and politician.

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. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ Inhabitants of Ariège (in French)
  3. ^ a b c Google Maps
  4. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000035 Statue: Virgin and Child (in French)