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Fort Brûlé, an old fort in Asnières-lès-Dijon commune
Fort Brûlé, an old fort in Asnières-lès-Dijon commune
Coat of arms of Asnières-lès-Dijon
Coat of arms
Location of Asnières-lès-Dijon
Asnières-lès-Dijon is located in France
Asnières-lès-Dijon is located in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Coordinates: 47°23′09″N 5°02′44″E / 47.3858°N 5.0456°E / 47.3858; 5.0456Coordinates: 47°23′09″N 5°02′44″E / 47.3858°N 5.0456°E / 47.3858; 5.0456
IntercommunalityCC Norge Tille
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Patricia Gourmand
4.55 km2 (1.76 sq mi)
 • Density260/km2 (670/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
21027 /21380
Elevation274–352 m (899–1,155 ft)
(avg. 331 m or 1,086 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Asnières-lès-Dijon is a commune in the Côte-d'Or department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of eastern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Asniérois or Asniéroises.[2]


Asnières-lès-Dijon is located just 8 km north of Dijon. The commune lies between the D903 road which follows its western border from Dijon to Savigny-le-Sec and the D974 which follows the eastern border from Dijon and continues to Til-Châtel. The D104 links the two roads through the village and also continues east to Bellefond. The commune is mixed forest and farmland with a substantial urban area covering some 20% of the commune.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]


After the defeat of France in 1870-1871, Dijon was chosen with Langres, Besançon, Reims, Laon, and La Fère to be a "second line" of the Séré de Rivières system of defence (the first line being focused on Verdun, Toul, Epinal, and Belfort). A series of forts and military redoubts centred on Dijon city were built from 1875 to 1883: la Motte-Giron, Mont-Afrique, Hauteville, Asnières, Norges, Var, Saint-Apollinaire, and Sennecey-lès-Dijon.

Built between 1876 and 1877, Fort Brûlé had the honour of suffering the first armed clash with Prussia.

Fort Brûlé did not defend Dijon during the two world wars. It was the Germans who used it as a storehouse for ammunition during the Second World War. These caused considerable damage in 1944 when the Germans blew up ammunition in the fort: so much so that with the exception of the protruding buttress on Saliant II, there is virtually nothing left of the left half of the fort.

The fort is now the property of a private owner.

The commune has had a very high level of population growth since the 1970s when it was a peaceful farming village. Many employees from the CEA at Valduc came to live there. The population of the commune increased six times in 40 years.


Arms of Asnières-lès-Dijon

Azure, an ear of wheat and a bunch of grapes, stalked and leaved all in Or, isuuant from a crescent of Argent; in chief Gules charged with a crosslet bottony of Or.


List of Successive Mayors[4]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2020 Patricia Gourmand

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 1,208 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
111 119 111 121 150 156 141 149 137
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
134 126 129 128 262 326 162 390 329
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
149 150 130 126 130 143 143 149 143
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
157 376 750 753 829 798 1,125 1,208 -

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

Population of Asnières-lès-Dijon

The commune is part of the community of communes of Val de Norge .

Culture and heritage[edit]

Civil heritage[edit]

The commune has two sites which are registered as historical monuments. These are:

  • Fort Brûlé (1876)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[5]
  • The Cemetery (1402)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[6]
Fort Brûlé

Religious heritage[edit]

  • The Parish Church of Saint-Alban contains one item registered as a historical object:
  • The Parish Church of the Nativity contains several items which have been registered as historical objects:
    • Painting: Sainte-Famille and his family (17th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[8]
    • Statue: Saint Claude (17th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[9]
    • Statue: Saint Abdon (17th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[10]
    • Group sculpture: Virgin of pity (16th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[11]
    • Retable: Apostolic cortege (15th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[12]
    • Statue: Virgin and child (15th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[13]


Asnières has shops (bakery, butcher, a small hall, and a petting zoo) and various facilities including a hall and sports grounds (tennis, football, basketball, rugby). The town also has a nursery and primary school.

It also has a Judo club - the Entente Judo Messigny-et-Vantoux - Val de Norge (Ejmn)[14]

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 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Inhabitants of Côte-d'Or (in French)
  3. ^ a b Google Maps
  4. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA21000033 Fort Brûlé (in French)
  6. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00112069 Cemetery (in French)
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM21000076 Eucharistic tower (in French)
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM21000082 Painting: Sainte-Famille and his family (in French)
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM21000081 Statue: Saint Claude (in French)
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM21000080 Statue: Saint Abdon (in French)
  11. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM21000079 Group sculpture: Virgin of pity (in French)
  12. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM21000078 Retable: Apostolic cortege (in French)
  13. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM21000077 Statue: Virgin and child (in French)
  14. ^ Judo club website (in French)